Since Helt Dairy began in 1960, three generations of Helts have been involved with the farm. Today, the operation milks 1,050 cows, raises all heifers on-site and raises crossbred animals to mature harvest weight.
When Helts used exclusively conventional semen, there was a lot of variability in the number of heifers born monthly. The herd could have anywhere between 20 to 50 heifers born per month. This led Helts to implement a more focused genetic strategy.
“ABS has allowed us to accelerate genetic progress and now that we know we have the capability of getting a heifer calf out of our best cow and getting a beef animal out of our worst cow, we’ve began to implement genomics to further increase the genetic progress. The sky is the limit for how much we want to push in order to make a better cow.”Devin Helt
Today, Helts are breeding their top cows to Sexcel® sexed genetics and the rest of the herd to Beef InFocus™. Not only has this approach provided a more consistent number of replacement heifers born each month, but it has also accelerated genetic progress. By focusing on creating replacements from the best cows, Helts are getting better cows faster.
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Beef on Dairy, but not as you know it. ABS Beef InFocus™, powered by NuEra Genetics™, delivers proven and reliable beef genetics for the dairy producer to maximize calf crop value while driving beef supply chain efficiency.Learn More
Using Sexcel, customers have the power to decide with, as much precision as biology and technology currently allows, which part of the herd will pass on their genetics and make replacement heifers for the next generation.Learn More
The newest tool in the genetic services portfolio – the ABS genetic audit – perfectly complements GMS 2.0 to get the greatest return on your genetic investment. Similar to a report card, this annual audit provides an overview of your herd’s genetics. With this baseline, you can make future comparisons and see genetics in action […]Learn More