MANAGE COAT COLOR IN YOUR HERD
Testing can help determine coat color.
- Most dairy producers working with Holstein cattle know that the breed comes in two color patterns—black and white or red and white.
- While it is simple to visually determine the phenotype of the cow, the genetics behind Holstein coat color are complex with many possible genotypes determining the animal’s appearance.
- There are two different locations within the Holstein genome that influence coat color. One location affects Recessive Red coat color and the black/red color form, while the other location affects a Dominant Red color.
- Recessive Red, the most common form of red coat color in Holstein cattle is located in a different part of the genome than Dominant Red—they are different conditions that both affect the coat color trait. Genetic tests are available for both locations.
Test for coat color when you order CLARIFIDE®
- Results include genotype information for Recessive Red and Dominant Red information, and utilize haplotype information for black/red.
- Producers who desire to increase the number of red animals in their herd can use results to identify those animals that may be carriers.
- Once identified, those animals can be part of mating programs to proliferate the appropriate genes for red coat color.
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