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

August 2023 Evaluation Changes: What’s New?


July 6, 2023

A handful of changes are implemented for the U.S. genetic evaluations on August 8, 2023, as announced by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding and USDA Animal Genomics Improvement Laboratory.

April 2023 Evaluation Changes: What’s New?


March 7, 2023

The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding and USDA Animal Genomics Improvement Laboratory are implementing a series of changes with the triannual U.S. evaluations on April 4, 2023.

Constructed ID’s: Eliminating Pedigree Dead Ends

Lillian Bacheller and José Carrillo and Ezequiel Nicolazzi and George Wiggans

February 1, 2023

Knowing an animal’s ancestry several generations back is certainly the goal for breeders; however, there are instances where animals have a gap in their pedigree. To fill in more pedigree gaps, CDCB is implementing a new solution starting in February 2023.

CDCB WebConnect: Enhanced for Mobile


December 9, 2022

Mobile and tablet users: CDCB’s WebConnect is now enhanced with convenient design and accessibility on your smartphone or tablet while on-the-go or on-the-farm.

December 2022 Evaluations: What Is New?


December 6, 2022

Nearly 79 million dairy animals received updated U.S. genetic evaluations on Tuesday, December 6. With the December 2022 triannual evaluations, two updates were implemented by the team at CDCB and USDA AGIL.

Intern Report: Investigation into Johne’s Disease

November 3, 2022

During the summer of 2022 at CDCB, I conducted a project to investigate the incidence of Johne’s disease in U.S. dairy cattle.

New Research Published on Residual Feed Intake


November 1, 2022

Research by collaborators from five universities, CDCB and USDA AGIL was published in the November 1, 2022, Frontiers in Genetics: Impact of epistasis effects on the accuracy of predicting phenotypic values of residual feed intake in U.S. Holstein cows.

Milking Speed Producer Survey


October 13, 2022

U.S. dairy producers, please complete a short (5-minute) survey by December 1 to support the goal to develop U.S. genomic evaluations for milking speed.

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