Calf Survival factsheet

Published 28 February 19

Improved management for calf rearing has always been a focus for dairy farmers and the calf survival index allows breeders to approach this on a genetic level.  In addition to current management practices, bulls can now be selected for progeny which stand a better chance of survival from tagging to 10 months of age.

The calf survival (CS) predicted transmitting ability (PTA) based on research conducted by Scottish Rural College (SRUC) using close to 5 million animal records from the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS), gives dairy producers a new tool to select bulls with above-average calf survival.

You can download the factsheet here.