Dairy cattle breeders are being urged to make use of two free online breeding tools from AHDB Dairy to help with bull selection and semen ordering.
The two services are called the “breeding trait selector” and the “semen calculator”, both of which are being supported by advisory workshops – see the AHDB website for more information.
- Breeding trait selector: A quick form asking the breeder about calving pattern, breed, contract type and breed goals, alongside priorities and improvement areas.
- Semen calculator: A tool to calculate the herd’s semen dose, based on the number of breeding females, conception rates and proportions of conventional, beef or sexed semen.
Commenting on the tools, Marco Winters, AHDB head of animal genetics, said: “Genetics can have a huge positive impact on farm performance and profitability.
“The new tools speed up and simplify the process of shortlisting the best bulls for your herd.”
Mr Winters advised that the two tools should be used alongside the herd genetic and bull selector reports, already available from AHDB Dairy.