Cow Breeding Values
When breeding cows, it’s usually bulls that stand in the spotlight. However, genetic information for cows is also useful. Use Cow ABVs to:
- monitor herd genetic progress
- prioritise animals to breed from (if excess replacements are available)
- identify heifers for sale (if excess replacements are available)
If you're a regular herd tester, you already have access to cow ABVs. For many years, farmers have used ABVs to select the best cows to breed from and since April 2012, cow data include traits like milking speed, fertility and type.
Cow ABVs are different to the production information and Production Indices (PI) that you receive after each herd test.
Cow ABVs compare animals between herds regardless of any differences in their management and feeding systems. They are published each April and August... you can obtain the data through your herd test centre.