By Michael Schmitt

Posted Monday, July 18, 2016

Cow Livability Trait Being Introduced In August

Consider the scenario of a cow leaving the milking herd. Culling a cow can sometimes be a good situation when she is sold for reasons like poor production, fertility issues, health challenges, or overstocked pens, thus allowing your best cows to thrive. But what about when a cow leaves the milking herd because she died? There is a substantial difference to the bottom line of the dairy farm when a cow can leave under her own power compared to if she were to die on the farm. This undesirable situation results in a loss of income and other associated costs. Therefore, breeding for cows that are genetically more likely to stay alive in the herd creates a better scenario for both the farmer and the cow. 

By Chelsey Johnson

Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Nosbush Dairy: Breeding the Practical and Profitable Cow

Nosbush Dairy is a 750-cow Registered Holstein dairy located near Fairfax, Minn. As the breeder of six Accelerated Genetics sires, we would like to give you a glimpse of their breeding philosophy. One of Nosbush Dairy’s most powerful tools used to achieve profitability is genetic selection.

By Andrew Hetke

Posted Thursday, July 14, 2016

Daughter Update: Milking Gambler Daughters are Turning Heads

Accelerated Genetics, Genetics Services Coordinator Andrew Hetke has had the opportunity to view daughters of 014HO07303 Gambler. Of course, the expectations were high for Gambler right from the start. Gambler comes from seven generations of excellent cows, with his dam being Le-O-La Atwood Gypsy (pictured above) who was scored EX-92 at 4-10. Gypsy excels in production, with each of her lactations approaching or exceeding 30,000 pounds of milk and with her best lactation at 4-00 completing with over 37,000 pounds of milk with a 4.2% and 3.0% fat and protein respectively. Read on to hear about Andrew's impressions of the daughters.

By Kat Nissen

Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016

IMAGE: Inbreeding Management and Genetic Excellence

While breeding for your herd profitability goals, inbreeding can sometimes be overlooked as a key priority.  However, the long-term effects of choosing sires that lack genetic diversity over multiple generations can greatly impact your bottom-line. Research1 has shown that inbreeding has a relationship with overall Productive Life, production, calving interval, fertility, and reproduction. Therefore, managing genetic diversity should be a key priority in your genetic strategy.

By Barbara O'Flahrity

Posted Friday, July 08, 2016

August New Releases

By Angie Lindloff

Posted Thursday, July 07, 2016

Celebrating 75 Years

Celebrating 75 Years was published by Holstein International. 

The 1940s brought a revolution to the cattle-breeding world. The new technology of artificial insemination was set to make the top bulls of the era accessible to the average farmer. Farmers in different regions across North America banded together to form local cattle breeding organizations. In 1941 in the western part of Wisconsin, 120 farmers organized Vernon County Breeders. In the neighbouring county, Trempealeau County Breeders Cooperative was also formed that year, serving 161 members and inseminating 1800 cows.

By Kari Stanek

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2016

2016-2017 Cooperative Delegates

Accelerated Genetics recently held elections for the cooperative's delegates. Delegates are elected annually to represent all members of the cooperative. They attend two meetings a year: Fall Delegate Meeting and Cooperative Initiative.

By Michael Schmitt

Posted Monday, June 27, 2016

Taking a Lesson from Accelerated Genetics History

Dairy Wellness Profit  (DWP$) provides a selection index for healthy profitable cows by combining production, health, reproduction, conformation and Wellness traits into one comparable value. This index is available on all Accelerated Genetics sires through their genomic test and backed by daughter records. Through this article I will share an example using two Accelerated Genetics sires which have many daughters and many health records that support and validate their Wellness Trait predictions. This example will put into perspective what many Accelerated Genetics customers have already noticed. Since hindsight is said to be 20/20, let’s take advantage of what can be learned from comparing two popular and polarizing bulls, 014HO03831 Marion and 014HO04148 Nifty.

By Chelsey Johnson

Posted Sunday, June 26, 2016

Nosbush Dairy is Progressive, Practical and Profitable

Accelerated Genetics can describe our core values with three ‘P’ words: People, Products and Pride. Coincidently, Nosbush Dairy of Fairfax, Minn., can also be described with three ‘P’ words: Progressive, Practical and Profitable. As a breeder of several Accelerated Genetics Holstein sires, we would like to give you a closer look at the commercial dairy where sires such as 014HO07736 Deify, 014HO07626 Midway, and 014HO07730 Easy (to name a few) hail from.

By Chelsey Johnson

Posted Sunday, June 26, 2016

Deify is a Special Name for a Special Bull

De-i-fy. Verb: to worship, regard or treat (someone or something) as a god. Brad Nosbush is well aware of the definition of the name he chose for the Accelerated Genetics sire he bred, 014HO07736 Deify. 

By Chelsey Johnson

Posted Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rollin’ Green Dairy is a Family Tradition

Driven by a passion for the hard work involved with dairy farming, Jeff McNeely is carrying on the tradition of dairy farming in his family. As Accelerated Genetics celebrates our 75th Anniversary, we would like to share the stories of tradition and passion that so many of our customers have. Today, we take a glimpse into the world of Jeff McNeely, one of the family partners of Rollin’ Green Dairy, Brooklyn, Wis.

By Andrew Hetke

Posted Friday, June 24, 2016

Daughter Highlight: Tell Us About Your Airlift Daughters!

Accelerated Genetics Genetic Services Coordinator Andrew Hetke has had the opportunity to view numerous daughters of 014HO06809 Airlift. As an exciting Atwood son out of the world-famous Abigail family, he is a bull that Accelerated Genetics continues to be excited about. Now, he has numerous daughters that are developing into the impressive and clean-cut mold that Airlift creates. Read on to hear about what Andrew has seen in the daughters.