The keyword in using genomic test as a management tool is to increase the genetic level in the herd. This is done by selecting the genetically superior females as dams of the next generation of heifer calves. Without genomic breeding values this is done on the basis of pedigree indices – with lower reliabilities.
Reasons to use genomic testing:
- Categorize your female animals into different breeding strategies
- Identify bulls that complement the females’ strengths and weaknesses
- Optimize decisions regarding the use of sexed semen
GenVik, a genomic test of your females on the NTM scale, is an advanced tool for you to use to ensure that you focus on the right females as parents to the next generation.
Genomic breeding values have higher reliabilities than pedigree index, and to be successful in the genetic progress of your herd the best tool to use is genomic selection.
The NTM Index ensures a balanced breeding between production and health, and the Nordic countries have a long tradition of breeding for health traits.
Using genomic selection on your females together with X-Vik sexed semen on your top heifers, will ensure you the highest possible progress of your herd. For the lower ranked females, you can use conventional semen and beef semen.