Archive for December, 2008

Genomic article by Dr. Ole Meland

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

With the new technology, there will be a lot of questions in breeder’s minds. I see this genomic issue as similar to the time that A.I first started.
Many thought that because egg yolk was used as an extender for the semen that you could get a chicken born rather than a calf!!!

Because I asked a lot of questions about Genomic testing in my previous blog, I thought I might find an article to answer some of those questions and concerns.

I found an article from Holstein USA written by a very well respected geneticist,
“Dr. Ole Meland – Vice President of Genetics, Accelerated Genetics”

Please read his article form this link,

Genomic testing

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Is Genomic Testing of dairy cattle sending the industry down the right path?
There is a lot of controversy out there!!
Is it going to narrow the genetic base even more than it is? I would say yes. The breeds have been narrowed a lot in the past 30-40 years as the genetic pool became a world wide market.
Now the genomic testing will narrow the cow side of the genetic base more than the bulls ever were.

The value of a lot of great cow lines will drop to a value of grade/commercial cows. A few cow lines will have even greater value to the A.I. companies but will they be willing to pay double the price for the young sires they purchase or lease?

Should the dairymen hold out on selling/leasing the young sire from these superior genomic tested cows or cow families until they are able to get the premium purchase price or lease?

This all starts to happen in the January 2009 sire summary.

Is it time for the old effort of the “Breeders Majority” type movement to return?

Who should run the demands of the genetics of the world? Dairymen or the Major Bull Studs?

It is a time to think and make a stand!!!

Braedale GOLDWYN

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Who will be the greatest son of Braedale Goldwyn?

Is it MD-Valleyvue Goldwyn Chris-ET-RC?

MD-Valleyvue Goldwyn Chris-Et RC was breed by Calvin Schrock and is now leased to Select Sires.

MD-Valleyvue Goldwyn Chris was syndicated and sampled. He has a clean health chart and is housed at JLG in California.

MD-Valleyvue Goldwyn Chris is from the linage of the Queen of the Breed, the great Roxy.

He was genomic tested and was higher than parent average.

MD-Valleyvue Goldwyn Chris will be re-released by select Sires as a super sampler.

A lot of MD-Valleyvue Goldwyn Chris semen was used in Pennsylvania , Idaho, and California.

Wendell Mickelsen

Braedale Goldwyn Makes Holstein History and Dies

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Braedale Goldwyn is the first bull in Holstein history to be the Premier Sire of the show at World Dairy Expo (2008) and be ranked in the top 10 TPI.

Then he dies. What a subtle way to end a great career.

Congratulations to Braedale Goldwyn and all who have bred, developed, and used this great sire.

Wendell Mickelsen