CDCB In The News

CDC 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.


Genomic Selection in U.S. Dairy Cattle

José Carrillo and George Wiggans

September 9, 2022

The genomic selection program for dairy cattle in the United States has doubled the rate of genetic gain.


Health traits expand in August evaluations

Katelyn Allen for Hoard’s Dairyman

August 12, 2022

The official August genetic proofs are officially available.


Leverage Genetic Tools to Breed Healthier Cows

Kristen Parker Gaddis

August 8, 2022

Genetic evaluations to strengthen resistance to six health disorders are available for Brown Swiss animals beginning August 9, 2022.


CDCB Health Traits Extend to Brown Swiss

Kristen Parker Gaddis

July 22, 2022

Beginning August 9, 2022, Brown Swiss animals will receive CDCB evaluations for disease resistance for six traits: milk fever (MFEV), displaced abomasum (DA), ketosis (KETO), mastitis (MAST), metritis (METR) and retained placenta (RETP).


How can genetics reduce lameness?

Javier Burchard

June 13, 2022

Genetic selection for improved hoof health is one opportunity to reduce lameness, which affects about 50% of dairy cows and results in economic losses, poor health and suboptimal animal welfare.


Do Feet & Leg Indices Really Help Improve Mobility and Reduce Lameness?

Murray Hunt for The Bullvine

March 25, 2022

Every dairy herd manager is well-aware of the negative effects that lameness and impaired mobility have on the bottom line.


More Breeds Need Genetic Evaluations for Stillbirth

H Duane Norman

January 20, 2022

Determining the effectiveness of genetic evaluations for stillbirth in additional U.S. dairy breeds was the research focus for Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) intern Anil Sigdel in summer 2021.


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