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Predict future health risks and potential profitability of Holstein and Jersey heifers

July 24, 2019
POSTED BY: Dave Erf | Geneticist | U.S. Dairy Technical Services | Zoetis

What if you could predict how healthy and profitable your heifers may become? What if you had insights into their genetic risk for costly dairy industry diseases, such as mastitis, lameness and metritis, before they entered the milking herd? No need to look into a crystal ball. The opportunity to take a glimpse into the future is now a reality for dairy producers who raise Holsteins and Jerseys.

Predict for future health with wellness traits.
CLARIFIDE® Plus is the first commercially available, U.S.-based genomic test that offers new genomic predictions for wellness traits, which provide direct indication of the genetic risk factors for six of the most common and costly animal health diseases on dairies.

CLARIFIDE Plus gives you the ability to directly predict a Holstein animal’s genetic risk for these six animal health challenges:

  • Mastitis
  • Lameness
  • Metritis
  • Retained placenta
  • Displaced abomasum
  • Ketosis
  • Milk fever for Jerseys

And three calf wellness traits:

  • Calf livability 
  • Respiratory disease
  • Scours

Use economic indexes to help support more profitable genetic improvements.

CLARIFIDE Plus includes the use of two exclusive economic selection indexes. These selection indexes are a critical component of all genetic selection strategies, as they provide a path for dairy producers to be able to select for comprehensive, long-term genetic improvement across a host of traits. These new indexes are:

  • Dairy Wellness Profit Index (DWP®): CLARIFIDE Plus is the only genomic test that includes this multitrait selection index based on novel health traits along with other economically important traits that affect dairy production, profitability and saleable milk. DWP$ combines production, fertility, type and longevity traits, as well as the new wellness traits and the economic value for the Zoetis proprietary polled test results, to provide the opportunity to make more profitable animal rankings and decisions. The DWP$ Holstein and Jersey indexes are specific to individual breeds. 
  • Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®): This multitrait selection index focuses solely on the wellness traits — mastitis, lameness, metritis, retained placenta, displaced abomasum, ketosis and polled test results. This selection index directly estimates differences in expected profitability related to differences in genetic risk for disease.

Together, all of this information combined in CLARIFIDE Plus gives producers the most comprehensive package of trait predictions and selection indexes for Holstein and Jersey cattle, enabling use of genetic selection along with good herd management to help reach their herd health and profitability goals.

To learn more about how CLARIFIDE Plus can help you reach your health and profitability goals, you can read more about this new offering by visiting or contacting your local Zoetis representative.




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