News

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

Seeking 2024 CDCB Intern Candidates

CDCB

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.


Recumbency in Holstein Calves

CDCB

April 3, 2023

Researchers at Penn State University have been collaborating with colleagues at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service to study a new genetic defect in Holstein cattle. This defect is characterized by otherwise healthy animals that are unable to stand. This condition, currently called calf recumbency, has proven to be more complex than other known genetic defects.


April 2023 Evaluation Changes: What’s New?

CDCB

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.


Brown Swiss Fertility Haplotype BH14

USDA Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory

March 7, 2023

BH14 has been added to the list of genomic haplotypes reported in the U.S., following USDA AGIL analysis of records in the CDCB database. Routine publication of BH14 status will support breed fertility improvement by allowing appropriate selection and mating of males and females.


Accreditation for Parentage Verification Extended by ICAR

CDCB

February 10, 2023

CDCB has been re-accredited as a DNA Data Interpretation Center for parentage verification by ICAR. This certification is part of CDCB’s service to U.S.-based genomic nominators and facilitates the export of U.S. genetics.


Announcing QDisc

Ezequiel Nicolazzi

February 10, 2023

CDCB announces a new service, QDisc, or quick discovery of close relatives. This quick-turnaround service uses the ICAR-defined parentage SNP to discover close relatives.


Intern Report: Termination Code Frequencies

CDCB

December 9, 2022

During the CDCB internship in summer 2022, I analyzed the termination codes (the reason why cattle left the herd) and made connections to common health traits as to why they left the herd.


Research Insights: Making Milk Yields Right

CDCB

December 9, 2022

In 2021, CDCB USDA AGIL and NDHIA (National Dairy Herd Information Association) started a multi-year project to update or develop new milk yield projection factors and develop reliable tools for on-farm management. The first learnings of this comprehensive project have been presented in recent articles and seminars.


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