CDCB In The News

CDCB delivers the latest news on genetic improvement, research and U.S. evaluations through its monthly newsletter, dairy media, and events.

How do genetics impact sustainability goals?

João Dürr, Ph.D. and H Duane Norman

September 15, 2022

The U.S. dairy community has rallied around a public commitment to achieve carbon neutrality, optimize water usage, and improve water quality by 2050 — supporting global sustainability initiatives and customer expectations.


Como os Estados Unidos atingiram suceso na pecuária leiteira?

João Dürr, Ph.D.

November 2, 2021

Quem responde essa pergunta é João Dürr, um brasileiro que conhece a fundo o assunte e já atuou na Europa, Canadá, Brasil e atualmente, é o director president do CDCB.


Lameness: It’s Time to Take Action

João Dürr, Ph.D.

October 28, 2021

“It’s time for the dairy industry to take action,” emphasized Gerard Cramer, D.V.M., of the University of Minnesota.


Net Merit revised with August genetic evaluations

João Dürr, Ph.D.

September 15, 2021

The national genetic index, Net Merit, was updated with the genetic evaluations on Aug. 10, 2021 – delivering an improved tool to breed profitable and feed-efficient cows.


New Net Merit formula debuts this week

João Dürr, Ph.D.

August 9, 2021

With the genetic evaluations on August 10, 2021, dairy producers have an improved tool to breed for more profitable and feed-efficient cows.


Lifetime Net Merit revised in August for balanced selection, profitable dairy cows

João Dürr, Ph.D. and Kristen Parker Gaddis and Paul VanRaden and Tom Lawlor and Rob Tempelman

July 2, 2021

Lifetime Net Merit (NM$) has driven genetic progress since 1994 by promoting a balanced selection of all available, economically-important traits to maximize profitability of dairy cows.


More feed-efficient cows are on the way

João Dürr, Ph.D.

June 2, 2021

Starting in August 2021, dairy producers will have at their disposal an enhanced Lifetime Net Merit (NM$) index, the selection tool designed to maximize cows’ lifetime profitability.


Invited Review: The future of selection decisions and breeding programs: What are we breeding for, and who decides?.”

João Dürr, Ph.D. and Ezequiel Nicolazzi

March 10, 2021

Genetic selection has been a very successful tool for the long-term improvement of livestock populations, and the rapid adoption of genomic selection over the last decade has doubled the rate of gain in some populations.


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