Within five years, 48,000 female animals will be genotyped. Feedback from interested companies is enormous. Currently farms are being selected according to well-defined criteria and genotyping is beginning. These criteria include the need for a high percentage of semen from young genetic stock (> 75%), health data collection via monitoring and diagnosis, hoof care protocols and a double milk ketone audit from first lactating cows.
The aim of the project is to establish genomic breeding values for existing health features and for hoof health, generally to increase the reliability of genomic breeding value estimations and to integrate the use of genomic information into breeding work on the farm in order to increase efficiency in cattle breeding even further. The project will be funded with national funds through co-financing by the federal government and the Länder within the framework of the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism's special guidelines for the implementation of project measures within the framework of the Austrian Rural Development Program 2014 - 2020.