ISSUE DATE: 06/18/2012
By Jennifer M. Latzke
Every dairy cow has a primary job on the dairy--produce enough milk to meet production goals.
But deciding when that dairy cow is done with her job and should be culled is a balance of a cow's historical performance with her future expectations. For producers in the rapidly expanding dairy belt up and down the High Plains, culling decisions must also factor in the harsher environment and the changing makeup of herds.
Typical Holsteins are pretty hardy. However, dairy breeds like Jerseys and Jersey crosses are becoming more popular for their added milk solids, which are marketable to cheese plants cropping up in the area.
A Texas AgriLife research project is compiling data from dairies in the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico. Lead researcher Pablo Pinedo, AgriLife Research ruminant animal health scientist in Amarillo, and his team hope to find how long these Jersey cows should be kept in production in the High Plains before culling.
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