What is CLARIFIDE Plus?
CLARIFIDE Plus is a genomic testing service from Zoetis that offers more than standard testing as it also incorporates 14 key health and wellness traits. These include 8 adult health traits (Mastitis, Lameness, Displaced Abomasum, Ketosis, Metritis, Retained Placenta, Cow Respiratory Disease and Milk Fever), 3 calf health traits (Calf Respiratory Disease, Calf Scours and Calf Mortality), and 3 fertility traits for Twinning, Abortion and Cystic Ovaries.
These 14 health and wellness traits are combined into a lifetime profitability score called Dairy Wellness Profit (DWP).
What are the benefits?
- Improves income over feed costs by up to £1,326 - the best 25% of females ranked on DWP represented £1,326 additional income over feed costs per cow.
- Increases lifetime milk production by up to 9,000kg per head - the best 25% of females ranked on DWP produced 9,000kg more lifetime energy corrected milk per cow compared to the bottom 25%.
- Reduces antibiotic usage by up to 65% - when ranked by Mastitis STA the bottom 25% of cows used 3 times more lactating cow intramammary antibiotics compared to the best 25%.
- Reduces open days by 42 - a difference in 42 days open from those ranked in the bottom 10% for fertility to those ranked in the top 10%; at an average cost of £4 per day that a cow is open, this equates to £168 per head.
CLARIFIDE Plus also gives information about production and management traits, genetic conditions and inbreeding, allowing you to make herd genetic improvements in all areas.