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

August 2024 Evaluations: What’s New?

CDCB and USDA Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory

July 11, 2024

CDCB and USDA AGIL detail changes implemented for the triannual genetic evaluations on August 13, 2024, including 305-AA as the new standardized yield measurement, full implementation of Constructed IDs, Heifer Livability updates, Brown Swiss Rear Teat Placement trait, new SNP list, annual BBR update and inclusion of HH6 and JNS gene tests in haplotype calculations.

Introducing 305-AA: The New Standardized Yield Measurement


June 21, 2024

Beginning in June 2024, the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding’s (CDCB) publication of 305-ME (Mature Equivalent) will be discontinued and replaced by 305-AA (Average Age) as the standardized yield estimate for U.S. dairy cows.

CDCB Invests in Interns as Next Gen Scientists


June 6, 2024

For the eighth year, CDCB is providing internships for the next generation of animal scientists. Welcome Agustin Chasco, Gabriella Dodd and Gaurav Dutta, who will conduct research with scientists from CDCB and USDA AGIL during the summer of 2024.

April 2024 Evaluation Changes: What’s New?

CDCB and USDA Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory

March 7, 2024

CDCB and USDA AGIL announce enhancements in the U.S. dairy genetic evaluations on April 2, 2024.

System Downtime, Weekly Schedule Change


January 11, 2024

UPDATE: As of 10:30 a.m. eastern on Tuesday, January 16, CDCB systems are back online and fully operational after the scheduled hardware maintenance. Weekly evaluations will be released Wednesday, January 17.

Seeking 2024 CDCB Intern Candidates


November 17, 2023

In summer 2024, CDCB will again offer internships to dairy or animal science students during their junior, senior, or graduate study program.

December 2023 Evaluation Changes: What’s New?

CDCB and USDA Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory

November 16, 2023

Changes for the December 5, 2023, CDCB evaluations include updated imputation results for all breeds, new haplotype calls for early onset muscle weakness syndrome in Holsteins, and update to the haplotype calls for cholesterol deficiency in Holsteins.

Introduction of HMW: The Haplotype Call for Early Onset Muscle Weakness Syndrome

CDCB and Holstein USA and National Association of Animal Breeders

November 15, 2023

The December 5, 2023, dairy cattle genetic evaluations will contain a new haplotype call for Early Onset Muscle Weakness Syndrome (HMW).

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