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Alta hosts first Canadian Dairy Manager School

We welcomed 22 progressive Canadian dairy producers from five provinces to the first ever Canadian Dairy Manager School, held January 16-18 in Abbotsford, BC.

Participants from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario enhanced their knowledge on reproductive programs and implementation during the 2.5-day school. They joined Dr. Glaucio Lopes, AltaU Manager, Kevin Muxlow VP of Sales-Americas, and Dr. Paul Fricke, UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science to learn more about what’s new, what’s been improved, and what they can do best to take their farm’s reproductive management to the next level.

The class gained insight during sessions on reproductive fertility programs, data analysis, incorporating electronic activity monitors to manage health and repro, and marginal milk profitability.

An interactive visit to a large-scale robotic farm added to the already high-level discussions that attendees enjoyed inside the classroom.

See how you can take advantage of the Alta Dairy Manager School opportunities HERE.

Article submitted by Dr. Glaucio Lopes, AltaU Manager

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Go for the gold with Alta’s genomic line-up

Find a group of sires to take your genetics to the top with Alta’s genomic-proven lineup of G-Stars, FutureStars and Alta Advantage bulls

All bulls we bring to Alta are genomic and health tested before joining any line-up. We only bring in the best, and we’re confident these bulls will deliver on their genetic promises, since genomic testing provides an immediate reliability of nearly 70% for production, health and conformation traits.

This proof round, we add 24 brand new sires reserved exclusively for Alta Advantage partner herds. Our G-Star list expands in number and genetic level with 40 new additions, and 15 new sires have received the stamp of approval to be promoted to FutureStar status. Within each of these three genomic-proven groups, you’ll find a variety of bulls to fit any and all unique genetic plans.

The table below illustrates the difference in production, health and conformation values of our three different groups of genomic-proven sires.

2016-08 New Genomic Table

Progressing through the ranks       

Alta Advantage: Once a bull starts making semen, he typically starts his career on the Alta Advantage only list. The newest, youngest bulls simply don’t produce enough semen to be readily available to all farms around the globe. So while we work to build semen inventory on those new bulls, we give our loyal Alta Advantage partner herds priority access to the newest sires that fit their customized genetic plans.

G-Star status: Once a bull has made enough semen he is added to the G-Star sire list. The sires found among the G-Star ranks are readily available to everyone, and provide a wide array of outliers for various production, health and type traits. From this elite list, you can find a great selection of bulls to fit your genetic plan.

FutureStar favorites: About a year after a bull is first released, and after both sire fertility and calving ease information have been gathered, the chosen few that prove themselves to be above average for fertility and less than 8% for sire calving ease and sire stillbirth are added to the FutureStar list.

FutureStars are the way to go if you want the benefits of elite genomics, but prefer the added reliability of proven sire fertility and real daughter observations for calving ease. You may give up some production and health as compared to the available G-Star or Advantage only sires, but you gain peace of mind knowing that you’re upping your chances for a pregnancy and a live calf resulting from an easier calving. Because of the known calving ability, FutureStars serve as ideal options for use on heifers.

Full speed ahead

If you still don’t feel comfortable going all in with genomic-proven sires, check out the comparison between our top daughter-proven versus top genomic sires. Selection from atop the daughter-proven lineup provides you with a highly reliable 2408 average TPI.

Yet, if you’re going for maximum progress, the tables below prove that your fastest path to the top comes from the genomic group of sires, which averages more than 200 TPI points higher than their daughter-proven counterparts.

2016-08 Dtr vs Genomic Tables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To further build your confidence in the genomic-proven groups, it’s important to note that every single one of the current top daughter-proven sires were previously used globally as FutureStars or G-Stars. The track record is significant for these former genomic favorites to deliver on their initial predictions.

With that in mind, go for the gold in maximum genetic progress by using a team of sires from the Advantage, G-Star or FutureStar lists that meet your goals for production, health and conformation.

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New additions join team of top daughter-proven sires

A new class of daughter-proven graduates joins Alta’s high-reliability TPI ranks behind #1 Pine-Tree AltaOAK and #2 No-Fla AltaEVERGLADE.

The new daughter-proven graduates are headlined by De-Su AltaGILCREST. With over 200 daughters in his production proof, he made gains for production, health, calving and conformation traits to improve his TPI more than 150 points to his current 2460 TPI.

Learn more here about AltaGILCREST and the other new additions to the daughter-proven ranks.

011HO11272 De-Su AltaGILCREST | AltaGREATEST x Goldwyn x O Man | 511 | A2A2 | 2460 TPI

  • Follows in his sire’s footsteps with lots of milk, fat and protein
  • Extremely low calving ease
  • Excellent dairyness and udders with great quality and strong attachments

011HO11348 Bush-Bros AltaBGOOD | Robust x Massey x Boliver | 511 | CP | 2432 TPI

  • Early daughters are moderate sized with tremendous udder attachments
  • High combined fat and protein and percentages
  • A former FutureStar and current high fertility ConceptPlus sire

011HO11293 Alta ECHELON | Robust x Goldwyn x Roy | CP | A2A2 | 2338 TPI

  • A balanced proof for production, health and type
  • Consistently stylish with wide rumps and very high, wide rear udders
  • Excellent sire fertility complemented by easy calvings from well-balanced cows

011HO11302 Spruce-Haven AltaALPHA | Shamrock x Deann x Outside | A2A2 | 2338 TPI

  • A health and calving trait specialist perfect for progressive environments
  • Excellent longevity and highly fertile daughters
  • Well-balanced cows with very strong udder attachments

011HO11314 Bomaz AltaENTRUST | Robust x Man-O-Man x Shottle | CP | A2A2 | 2330 TPI

  • Phenomenal components and percentages lending way to great feed efficiency
  • Long-living, fertile, healthy cows with balanced frames
  • Extremely high sire fertility

011HO11294 Champion AltaBOOKEL | Bookem x Man-O-Man x Shottle | CP | 2320 TPI

  • A production and type trait specialist
  • Early daughters are medium-sized with excellent dairy quality and openness of rib
  • Great production with over 100 CFP

011HO11316 Bomaz AltaBETTMAN | Robust x Man-O-Man x Lancelot | CP | A2A2 | 2317 TPI

  • High daughter fertility and low calving ease
  • An exciting high fertility ConceptPlus sire
  • Shorter stature with a balanced mix of dairy strength and productive udders

Also joining this group of new daughter-proven sires are three high fertility ConceptPlus options to fit a variety of genetic plans: AltaMACBOOK, AltaPRESET, and AltaTOPROCK.

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