Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CST
Light Snow
Dew Point
W at 18 mph
29.51 in. F
1.50 mi.
07:03 a.m.
04:23 p.m.
Afternoon Forecast (12:00pm-7:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 35 to 30 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 17 miles per hour from the west. Anticipate snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches.
7-Day Forecast
35°F / 20°F
26°F / 18°F
34°F / 14°F
Mostly Cloudy
18°F / 9°F
Partly Cloudy
33°F / 15°F
35°F / 17°F
Mostly Cloudy
21°F / 10°F
Partly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CST
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 35 to a low of 20 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 12 and 19 miles per hour from the westnorthwest. 3.90 inches of snow are expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 29 to 26 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 14 and 19 miles per hour from the northwest. Expect snow accumulation of less than one inch.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 26 to 23 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 13 miles per hour from the northwest.
Tuesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 26 to a low of 18 degrees with mostly clear skies. Winds will range between 5 and 12 miles per hour from the south. Less than 1 inch of snow is possible.

Genex ICC$ sub-indexes target five management areas

July 14, 2014 | 0 comments


The Ideal Commercial Cow (ICC$) index, a profit-indicating measure for Holsteins, will be published exclusively by Genex Cooperative, Inc. beginning in August 2014. ICC$ is designed to breed for farm profitability and efficiency, using real-time economic indicators and science-based genetic principles to address the needs of progressive dairy producers. The index incorporates elements from the U.S. national evaluation and other data sources.

In addition to ICC$, Genex will publish five sub-indexes providing dairy producers the opportunity to emphasize genetic selection for specific areas of farm management.

The Production Efficiency (PREF$) sub-index pinpoints genetics resulting in high yielding cows with lower feed costs, at a ratio of 60 percent total yield and 40 percent feed efficiency indicators. Emphasis is placed on pounds or kilograms of protein. Use of PREF$ and ICC$ will reverse the trend for taller cows.

The key elements of the Health (HLTH$) sub-index provide opportunity for producers to breed for improved and sustainable health and longevity. High-ranking HLTH$ bulls have daughters with proper body condition, low somatic cell scores and excellent locomotion.

With nine measures of cow and heifer fertility, Fertility and Fitness (FYFT$) will meet the needs of producers looking to emphasize reproductive efficiency. Selection of bulls with high rankings for FYFT$ results in optimal age of first calving, reduced days open and shorter calving intervals.

Milking Ability (MABL$) optimizes farm efficiencies with trouble-free milking cows. Components of MABL$ include mastitis resistance, milking speed and temperament, and udder form and function. Ideal commercial cow udder conformation can be described as strongly attached above the hock with appropriate teat placement and length. Choosing bulls using MABL$ will enhance udder texture and manage the emerging trend of shorter teat length.

Calving Ability (CABL$) focuses on live calves born without difficulty. Select high-ranking CABL$ sires that are also high for ICC$ to use on virgin heifers and give them the best chance to have a successful and profitable first lactation.

ICC$ and the five management sub-indexes provide producers the option to select for greater genetic improvement for fertility traits, body condition, milking efficiency and overall longevity, while continuing genetic progress for yield and udder traits. Furthermore, use of ICC$ will select for improved feed efficiency and better address the alarming trend for increased stature and body size.

Watch the Genex website, genex.crinet.com, and Genex August sire summary materials for more details on ICC$.

Genex is a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International (CRI). The CRI mission statement summarizes the goal of CRI: "To provide products and services as effectively as possible to maximize the profitability of members and customers worldwide while maintaining a strong cooperative."

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