DAIRY SIRES » Acronym Descriptions

The variety of data included on a sire price list can cause confusion and a feeling of uncertainty. The links below provide some incite and explanation of the basic proof indexes and traits.
 
NM$ (net merit dollars)
NM$ (net merit dollars) measures expected profit that offspring will provide during its lifetime. The higher the number, the more potential profit. Here's a list illustrating trait weights for NM$.

43% PRODUCTION
  • 24 Fat
  • 18 Protein
  • -1 Milk
41% HEALTH
  • 13 Productive life
  • 7 Daughter pregnancy rate
  • 7 Cow livability
  • -6 Somatic cell score
  • 5 Calving ability dollars
  • 2 Cow conception rate
  • 1 Heifer conception rate
16% CONFORMATION
  • 7 Udder
  • -6 Body weight
  • 3 Feed and leg