The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) is releasing proof information on the new Cow Livability trait for the first time this proof round.

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Cow Livability, abbreviated as LIV, is a subset of Productive Life and shows a high 0.70 correlation with the well-established PL. In simplest terms, Cow Livability measures a cow’s ability to stay alive on the farm. A higher livability means an increased likelihood that a cow will remain alive, and can therefore provide a return through a cull check, as opposed to dying on farm.

While this trait is lowly heritable, the economics associated with the cull value of cows is powerful and real. If you would like to include Cow Livability as part of your genetic plan, you can find this trait information for individual bulls on Alta’s proof sheets and online Bull Search.