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The WMS computer mating programme is designed to breed healthier, cow is mated using her linear
longer living profi table cows and is fully recognised as a corrective type scores and those of each sire in
mating programme that incorporates individual breeder goals. WMS is
order to establish which mating
fully independent and includes bulls listed with other AI companies and is
would result in a calf closest
provided as a free service.
to the herd’s ideal. Production
Highly trained evaluators use hand held computers and assess an animal’s
improvements are included and
conformation by scoring her individual type traits. The 17 type trait scoring
the weighting given to type and
system provides a list of potential sires that match a cow’s individual
production can be set by the
weaknesses. WMS evaluators are trained to a rigorous international standard
user.
by attending assessment and training conferences annually in the US.
WMS offers other benefi ts including reducing levels of inbreeding,
Reports are produced
avoiding genetic recessives, establishing better herd uniformity, forward
summarising the top three
ordering of semen inventory and achieving a balanced approach based upon
recommended matings for each
selection of production and type traits. The programme also saves time and
cow along with the predicted
labour resources, according to WMS Manager Rob Braithwaite. ”Farmers
genetic index of the calf. The
and their herd managers are constantly under pressure due to increasing
resultant inbreeding coeffi cient
herd numbers and this places further pressure on labour resources. Our
of the calf can be calculated to
professional evaluators save farmers time, money and resources. WMS either 6 or 10 generations with
identifi es the strengths and weakness of an animal on a production and those exceeding 6% highlighted.
type basis and provides farmers with the opportunity to breed a better Inbreeding to three generations
replacement animal as well as subsequently increasing its asset-value”, he says.
is automatically prohibited. Non-
Holstein UK – Webmate
classifi ed animals can also benefi t
Webmate has been developed by Holstein UK to provide a simple, easy-
from this, including maiden
to-use independent web based mating tool that can be run by the breeder,
heifers.
at any time, using bulls selected either on criteria or individually. Lists can
You can access this free tool
be saved and modifi ed easily, making it a simple process to keep up-to-date
using your prefi x and PIN number
with what is in your pot. through the CDI website at www.
The most effective time to use this program is after classifi cation, as each ukcows.com/cdi/webmate
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