The United States has long been recognized as the world leader in dairy genetics — backed by years of successful performance from generations of cattle that have been bred for good health and high milk production and quality. Producers benefit from offspring from many sires nationally distributed across many herds, environments, and management types. Producers also benefit from a selection focus on total economic merit: production, type, health, and longevity.
- With the 2nd largest dairy population in the world (9.1 million cows), average milk production is 9,682 kg per cow per year, significantly higher than in other countries
- U.S. dairy cattle perform in all climates: from extreme humidity and heat to extreme cold
- The U.S. dairy industry is the most experienced and advanced in the world when measuring and tracking animal performance
- Independent organizations and specialized agencies, with no commercial interest, are responsible for calculating U.S. genetic evaluations
- U.S. milk production per cow has tripled in the past half-century as a result of improved genetics and management; genetics accounted for 55% of the improvement since the 1980s
- 80–90% of the herds in leading dairying nations can trace their lineage to U.S. genetics
Each Breed Offers Unique Characteristics