Genetic information will be published in the Nordic national cattle databases in Finland, Denmark, and Sweden, and it is already available on all bull profiles on VikingGenetics’ websites.
The genetic information gives us an excellent tool to detect recessives, and knowing the status means we can continue to use the top bulls in our breeding programme and retain genetic variation. Our plan is to eliminate the recessives that cause death of calves as quickly as possible. The carriers causing early abortions will also be eliminated over time, as we will always select a recessive free bull calf if two calves have an equal breeding value.
In January, genetic information including genetic disorders will be published for individual bulls on:
- National cattle databases in Denmark, Sweden and Finland.
- NAV (Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation)
- VikingGenetics’ website bull profiles
This is a part of a strategy to handle genetic disorders at a herd level.