Dairy farming

Why CLARIFIDE Plus is vital for your herd

What is CLARIFIDE Plus?

CLARIFIDE Plus is the ONLY genomic test to incorporate health and wellness traits in addition to the production traits of standard testing. This unique genomic test builds on the offering of CLARIFIDE and delivers proven results on wellness, meaning it is not only possible to predict the future potential of that animal, but also the ability of that animal to remain healthy and fulfil its potential. This gives you the ability to drive the sustainability and future performance of your farm from one simple test.

Reliably predicting the lifetime capability and wellness of a heifer at a few days of age will give you a massive advantage. CLARIFIDE Plus can ensure your replacement heifers fit with your farming strategy giving you the ability to breed and invest in your best.

Why CLARIFIDE Plus?

Every progressive dairy farmer should be using genomics to select their heifers, giving you the accuracy to drive your future. One CLARIFIDE Plus test predicts with around 70% accuracy how a heifer will perform. The data provided would take at least 8 years to obtain through tracking the animal’s performance in the herd. By comparison, the regularly utilised parent average predicts with around 30% reliability. The improved accuracy of genomic testing plus the wellness traits equates to real financial differences on farm1.

CLARIFIDE Plus incorporates 6 cow health and wellness traits, alongside 3 calf wellness traits and the overall lifetime productivity index Dairy Wellness Profit (DWPTM), Dairy Wellness Profit incorporates production, reproduction, health, type and wellness making it ideal to base your cow selections on. These individual wellness traits included in DWP offer you the opportunity to better manage disease and increase profitability on your farm. For example, cows in the top 25% of the herds for the genetic predictions for each trait were, on average, over twice as likely to stay healthy than those in the bottom 25%2.

By choosing to test with CLARIFIDE Plus and the proven wellness traits, UK farms have been able to see a real difference in levels of health issues within their herd.  Cows in the top 10% for Dairy Wellness Profit would be expected to make the farm £1,029 more in lifetime productivity when compared to the bottom 10%. Knowing these animals and ensuring they are the basis of your farm’s future is vital for your profitability

When it comes to the individual wellness traits, there is a real difference between the disease incidence on UK farms between animals that are genomically in the top third compared to the bottom third. This translates to real financial differences in both reduced disease costs and more productive days2. For a more productive, profitable and welfare‑friendly future choose CLARIFIDE Plus.

How do I get involved?

For more information on CLARIFIDE and CLARIFIDE Plus visit www.clarifide.co.uk or speak to your NMR representative. Zoetis has also partnered with veterinary practices to create a network of highly-trained vets. By choosing CLARIFIDE, you can access this expertise, making sure that you and your farm get the most benefit from CLARIFIDE testing.

  1. Assumes selection of top 85% of females as replacements, compared to selecting by parent average. Does not account for increases in profitability in progeny of selected animals. *Selecting on £PLI   †Selecting on DWP
  2. Data on file – CLARIFIDE tested farms

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