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I seemed to have missed the launch of "Dairy Wellness" in that I haven't seen any articles about it.

Is this entirely a concept created by Zoetis? Is it effectively their version of Immunity + that Semex have been marketing?

I notice that Select Sires were advertising some bulls with an index for Dairy Wellness. Is this Zoetis' ranking or have Select Sires created their own index?

So many questions!

Does Dairy Wellness seem like a believable concept?
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Imm+ does a couple different test to measure a bulls immunity response.

While dairy Wellness(DWP) Zoetis recorded different health incidents and identified which genes tend to help prevent them mastitis, RP, DA ect and use a genomic test to create their score. Anybody can test for dairy wellness so most units do have wellness scores on bulls.

Imm+ and DWP are both tools to make healthier cows and but are different time will tell how good they are but I think they both offer value.
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The dairy wellness traits are much much more useful than immu+.
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agree with bazza. i think its a great tool
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I found some information on Dairy Wellness. Seems like a worthy aim.

The difference between Wellness and Immunity+ is that Wellness breaks down the areas where an animal has its strengths and weaknesses, against a binary, yes or no, for Immunity +. Intuitively, Wellness seems like a step up from Immunity +.

Are there are any companies publishing the Wellness scores broken down into the 6 main elements of Wellness (mastitas, Lameness, Retained placenta, displaced abomasum, Metritis and ketosis)?
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To answer my own question (!) the Accelerated Genetics site gives a full breakdown of the indices for a bull for each of the Wellness traits.

Is there a breed ranking anywhere for Wellness?
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@errolston: thanks for pointing out where to find the Select breakdown.

Kind of interesting the Snowman blood seems to do very good on Wellness traits, for a bull knocked because of his DPR -1.5 and Livibility -2.5 his sons do really well 4 of the top 10 proven from Select on WT$ are his sons.

Bookem is a 92(bad) for Mastitis on it despite having a good SCS of [sign in to see URL] and a 106(good) Mastitis resistance in Canada.

The lowest scores I saw was Dempsey at 79!!! for Displaced Abomasum, Bradnick 80 for Lameness. Anybody have those same problems with daughters?

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It's always been the case that low cell count sires aren't necessarily high mastitis resistance cows. It is correlated, but there will be some interesting variance.

Might be interesting to run a list of the wellness mastitis vs the Canadian data, maybe even the same bulls in some of the Scandinavian countries.

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Yah I agree some bulls/cows leak milk but don't seem to get mastitis and vice versa. And I noticed some of the bulls had a big split between Retained Placentas and Metritis which surprised me a little.

Would be good to see some comparisons, but I'm sure the Wellness data will keep getting better as time goes on like genomics. For sure a step in the right direction.

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I don't know how reliable the scores are and I only have one Bradnick so not a huge sample size but she has been fighting lameness this whole lactation. She bruised a hoof during her dry period and it was all downhill from there.
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