The National Association of Animal Breeders has launched a new website, which was established from an industry-wide effort to provide both domestic and international audiences with a one-stop shop for comprehensive information on U.S. dairy genetics.
Improvement of U.S. dairy cattle genetics results from close collaboration of multiple dairy sectors which are connected in a system where performance data flows into genetic and genomic evaluations using standardized animal identification coding. The U.S. continues to improve dairy cattle genetics, genomics and reproductive technology, as well as add new traits and update selection indices to provide current and relevant genetic information to producers worldwide. With the continual evolution and rapid adoption of genomics, clear and neutral information on the changing U.S. dairy genetic evaluation system has not been easily accessible for interested domestic and international audiences.
While a large proportion of the new https://usacattlegenetics.com site covers the genetic evaluation and complements information from the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding, this new website extends across dairy sectors and addresses U.S. phenotypic data collection, animal identification, semen straw coding, genomic selection and breed specific indices and characteristics of the main U.S. dairy breeds.
The website offers answers to commonly asked questions, including:
- How do I request a U.S. evaluation of my cow/bull and what does it cost?
- What is the NAAB dairy cross reference database?
- What is a PTA/EBV/STA?
- What is the difference between USA and 840 country codes?
- What are the published haplotypes and recessives per breed?
The website will be updated regularly to provide needed neutral information.