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Let genomics improve your herd decisions
Posted by Cheryl Marti

After years of raising every heifer calf and seeing their best ones get sold off, Reg Chaput and Paul Lavoie of Chaput Farms, North Troy, Vermont, decided it was time to improve their strategy. By using CLARIFIDE® genomic testing and working closely with their genetic supplier and Zoetis representative, Chaput Farms has seen a significant improvement in its herd genetics in a short time.

The information from CLARIFIDE allows Chaput and Lavoie to make key decisions early, selecting their best calves and raising only what they need. By making their decisions based on genomics instead of traditional milk predicted transmitting abilities (PTAM)  and parent averages (PA), Chaput Farms raised its average lifetime net merit (NM$) in heifers by 200 points in just 2 ½ years. Some of the best heifers have NM$ values in the 700s. Learn how the operators of Chaput Farms use CLARIFIDE to get the most bang for their buck in culling decisions and sire selection.

 

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