NAV Trends gives a visual image on genetic progress
Nordic livestock breeding figures are based on thousands of animals, various trait scores, and a lot calculation. In addition to the breeding values of an individual animal, the genetic progress of the entire population is interesting to livestock breeders, breeding experts in Nordic countries and abroad, and others with interest for dairy cattle breeding. It is made visible by the NAV Trends service developed by Mtech.
NAV Trends is an online service where the user can choose the trait, breeding index and country they want to view. The data in the service cover the Nordic breeding values since 2001. The information is updated four times a year when new breeding values are published.
“The NAV Trends creates opportunities to study the genetic trends in our dairy breeds in a very flexible, nice and detailed way,” says Gert Pedersen Aamand, director at NAV.
The Nordic breeding evaluation system includes many traits related to animal welfare and health, such as hoof health, udder health and longevity. These traits were emphasized by Nordic livestock breeders before others, as early as the 1980s. “Mtech makes the tools to collect the data used in breeding and transforms it into a usable format,” describes project manager Olga Smirnova from Mtech.
“Efficient and flexible – all in all positive,” Mr. Gert Pedersen Aamand describes the cooperation with Mtech.
NAV, Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation, carries out joint genetic evaluation of dairy breeds in Finland, Sweden and Denmark for the benefit of the Nordic livestock breeders. NAV is owned by the Nordic breeding organizations: Seges in Denmark, Växa Sverige in Sweden and Faba co-op in Finland.