Speeding up dairy cattle breeding

This group aims to combine genetic testing with herd data and eventually use embryo transfer to get the best cattle more quickly back into the herd. Part of RISS.

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Field Lab Timeline

    2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • Identification of key delivery partners

    Identification of key delivery partners
  • 4/19/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Development of work plan and proposal

    Development of work plan and proposal
  • 5/30/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Development/trialling of heifer calf replacement technology

    Development/trialling of heifer calf replacement technology
  • 6/29/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Pilot and field test techniques

    Pilot and field test techniques
  • 9/18/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Implement new replacement policy

    Implement new replacement policy
  • 11/21/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • Final project plan

    Final project plan
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  • Achievements

    July 2018

    Trials period

    Having carried out some IVF trials with AB Europe on Charlie’s farm at Glenapp, the group needs more funding to extend the trials. Facilitator Hamish Walls and Professor Mike Coffey, who is designing the breeding programme, are being supported by the RISS Senior Management Team to explore funding options.

    Milestone: Development/trialling of heifer calf replacement technology

    March 2018

    Identifying partners

    Following initial group meetings, facilitator Hamish Walls has brought in livestock geneticist Professor Mike Coffey of SRUC, who has been to meet the farmers. He will design a breeding programme that will, firstly, rank the cows (the dams) using genomic testing, and then decide on the right reproductive technologies to get the best cows back into the herd.

    Milestone: Identification of key delivery partners

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