Monday links

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Food Safety

Hurricane Matthew re-entry food safety tips – Savannah Morning News Residents facing the daunting task of cleaning up flooded homes and wondering whether high water or power outages have ruined their […]

Genomic testing can help limit cases of BVD in cattle

Since its discovery in 1946, bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) has been a continuing problem of the cattle industry. In infected cattle, the virus can lead to decreased reproduction, lower feed efficiency, higher mortality and morbidity rates — contributing to astronomical costs for cattle farmers around the world.

Adding up the cost is a daunting task, […]

How and when to collect DNA samples to produce the best genomic test results

As the use of genomics has entered mainstream dairy production, lots of attention has been focused on the science, technology, predictability and economics of genomic testing.

But all the benefits the latest advancements in high-tech dairy genomics have to offer to dairymen rely entirely on a critical, and decidedly low-tech, first step: the collection of […]

Genomic testing options for replacement heifers

With the arrival of lower-cost genomic testing options, an increasing number of registered purebred and commercial producers are using these tools for routine sorting and selection applications.

While genomic testing costs have come down, they can still be substantial, and dairymen are searching for the most cost-effective applications of the technology. To address these issues, […]

Wading through genomic data

Today, many dairy producers are integrating genomic testing into their daily breeding and selection decisions or contemplating doing so. It is remarkable to think that a tissue sample collected from the ear, a hair pulled from the tail switch or a drop of blood spotted onto a card from a day-old calf can get you […]