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Create more pregnancies with precision fertility management

Big data is sweeping into agribusiness with precision agriculture. Now, with more information, growing crops and livestock has become more accurate and efficient, allowing you to do more for less.

We’re taking precision agriculture one step further. With precision fertility management, we are helping you turn data into dollars by creating more pregnancies.

Backed by the CONCEPT PLUS gold standard fertility designation, we’ve raised 20 years of fertility experience to a higher standard. We’ve compiled millions of pregnancy check data and delivered it through innovate tools to accurately and efficiently create pregnant cows.

Bullseye to represent precision fertility management

What’s new with CONCEPT PLUS?

If you’ve used sexed semen on your dairy, you already know what millions of pregnancy check results confirm. Sexed semen fertility is not the same as conventional semen fertility.

The data also shows that the same bull may perform well with conventional semen fertility, but not as sexed semen, and vice versa. With that in mind, we now give you access to two separate fertility evaluations, so you can take a precision approach to fertility management.

Alta 511 CONCEPT PLUS logo to designate high fertility sires when using sexed semen

Know which bulls will give you highest fertility using Alta511 SexedULTRA semen by finding this 511 CONCEPT PLUS designation on a bull’s individual page on Alta Bull Search.

Alta CONCEPT PLUS logo to designate high fertility sires using conventional semen

The industry’s most accurate sire fertility evaluation, CONCEPT PLUS designates whether a bull offers elite fertility on conventional breedings.

Can a bull be CONCEPT PLUS and 511 CONCEPT PLUS?

Yes. Since we know that conventional semen fertility and sexed semen fertility are two different traits with low correlations, we now identify them as such. An orange CONCEPT PLUS icon or logo designates the bulls with the best fertility on conventional semen. The purple 511 CONCEPT PLUS logo shows you which sires offer the best fertility on breedings to Alta511 SexedULTRA.

Why would I want to use sexed semen with average or unknown fertility?

As with any decision you make, there are trade-offs. With Alta’s sexed semen options, it comes down to what you value most in a genetic plan: the most rapid genetic progress or known high fertility.

Let’s say the main goal in your genetic plan is to make the fastest genetic progress possible. In that case you may choose to use bulls that don’t yet have fertility data, or else are proven as average for sexed semen sire fertility. If these bulls best fit your goal of rapid genetic progress, they may not have the CONCEPT PLUS or 511 CONCEPT PLUS designations.

However, if your main focus is to create a pregnancy, the purple 511 CONCEPT PLUS designation will give you confidence you’re boosting your odds at creating pregnancy with sexed semen. The orange CONCEPT PLUS designation will continue to help you recognize which bulls create the most conventional semen pregnancies.

How often does Alta evaluate sire fertility?

We want to help you create more pregnancies. To do that, accurate fertility information is key. To be accurate, the data must be timely. We run a complete evaluate for sire fertility every other month.

We know differences exist in sire fertility, even over shorter periods of time, so to take advantage of the most accurate and current information, we now release new CONCEPT PLUS and 511 CONCEPT PLUS ratings six times per year.

Why should I trust the fertility of Alta 511 CONCEPT PLUS sires?

Alta 511 CONCEPT PLUS sexed sires will give you the confidence to create more heifers and more pregnancies. We provide the utmost care for our bulls, we follow strict lab SOPs, and ensure careful semen distribution procedures. And more importantly, we make firm culling decisions on bulls with sub-par fertility performance.

You can have confidence in the CONCEPT PLUS and 511 CONCEPT PLUS evaluations because:

  • CONCEPT PLUS is COMPLETE
    • It accounts for the effect a technician or breeding code can play on a sire’s fertility within a given herd.
    • Data is collected from US and Canadian herds, and not limited to US herds on official test.
  • CONCEPT PLUS is CURRENT
    • Our team is always collecting data DairyComp in our partner herds.
  • CONCEPT PLUS is CONSISTENT
    • Data is only gathered from progressive, large-herd environments, where management is consistent, contemporary group sizes are large, and repro programs are aggressive.

 

When you want to create more pregnancies, take a precision approach to maximizing your herd’s fertility by using the right tools for the job. Work with your trusted Alta advisor to define your dairy’s customized genetic plan and create pregnancies with a precision approach to fertility management.

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Getting cows in calf

Getting cows in calf

…is key for a dairy farmer’s profitability. That’s why at Alta we always advise to select for high semen fertility bulls. However with Spring joining in full swing, it actually makes it even more important to select for fertility to give your return cows the best chance to get in calf. Getting your in-calf rate to 85% in the first 6 weeks should be your target because it translates to more profit in your pocket.

Concept Plus is the industry leading Sire Conception ranking. Concept Plus has a more robust and accurate semen classification system than any other North American semen fertility rating and is the “go to” ranking for many progressive farmers globally. A sire designated Concept Plus will deliver 2-5% higher conception rates than the average. So by using Concept Plus semen you will give your cows every chance to get pregnant!

Additional to getting your returns in calf, condensing their calving period is possible by selecting for short gestation length sires. This will enable you to better manage the calving period and have more cows returning to milk faster meaning more profit.

SGL is the trait for the expression of gestation length in the US. This figure is expressed in expected days shorter (-) or longer compared to the average of 277 days for Holstein sires. Short gestation length sires, or those with a negative value, will provide a shorter gestation period and can be used to reduce your overall calving period.

To maximise profit at joining for return cows use Concept Plus rated sires who also have a shorter gestation length.

Check our bull search for Concept Plus and high SGL sires.

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Did you know Concept Plus?

Concept Plus  is the stable semen fertility measure for Dairyman globally since 2001?

Concept Plus  has improved accuracy over SCR. That data is included from large progressive dairies in 3 countries? And accounts for more factors that affect accuracy like technician and breeding code effects?

Concept Plus  served as the basis for the new SCR evaluations?

Concept Plus  sires deliver between 2% and 5% higher conception rates than average sires?

 

Stable and accurate

Concept Plus  was first introduced in 2001 because Alta recognised the need for Dairyman globally that getting cows pregnant was a key to farm profit. As a result, Concept Plus  has been the constant source for high semen fertility sires for the last 16 years.

Concept Plus  only uses current data from their Advantage Partner herds located in the US, Canada and Germany. These large progressive dairies provide large contemporary groups for greater accuracy and have always only used palpated pregnancy checks to confirm conception.

 

The extra mile…..

Breeding code and technician effect are also considered in Concept Plus , both these factors alone can account for high levels of variation for sires with limited observations and not accounting for these effects on conception would only reduce overall accuracy. This simple change in addressing fertility data can be the difference in optimising pregnancies and is how Concept Plus  goes the extra mile in providing the most accurate and complete ranking.

 

Concept Plus , the model for SCR

Such is the accuracy of the Concept Plus  program, that US officials adopted this model from their previous NRR model. However, the SCR dataset includes:

  • information from small contemporary groups

SCR uses all information collected via Dairy Software programs, regardless of the herd size so can include low contemporary comparison groups which lowers accuracy.

  • is not exclusive from only herds with high parentage verification

Concept Plus  uses information from Advantage partner herds only. These herds have increased accuracy through parentage verification and high level record keeping, providing a very accurate dataset for calculation

  • does not take into account the Breeding Code and Technician effects within those herds.

There can be vast differences in performance between technicians, Concept Plus  removes this bias by including known technician rates when calculating conception rates. There can also be large differences between breeding codes, by differentiating between them you provide a more accurate semen fertility rating

 

So what does this all mean?

It means that Concept Plus  is the most accurate and reliable semen fertility rating system in the industry and allows us to guarantee high semen fertility sires by removing any poor Concept Plus  rated bulls from our team. In fact, the SCR rating confirms this with Alta sires showing the smallest variation for semen fertility from all the major studs. Moreover, Alta also has the highest overall average amongst this group on SCR.

You can use Concept Plus  sires with confidence knowing that they will deliver between 2 and 5% higher than the average conception on your farm. Click on the link at the bottom for a complete list of Concept Plus  sires

For more information on how Concept Plus  sires from Alta can help get more cows pregnant in your herd, contact your local Alta representative below.

Regional Genetic consultants:

Tony Simpson – Northern Vic/NSW and WA

Peter Clifford – Western Victoria/SA

Jake Harkness – Western Victoria/SA

Callum Moscript – Tasmania/Gippsland

Brett Hazelman – North West Victoria

Julian Pick – National

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