It’s no secret that the U.S. dairy industry is suffering from oversupply and depressed milk prices. But is sexed semen the cause? An article in the New York Times this week claims that widespread use of the technology, which allows production of mostly female calves, puts more cows into production and has led to excess milk production.

According to the article, sexed semen has resulted in 63,000 extra heifers going into milk production this year, and could increase the number by 161,000 next year. The total population of dairy cows in the United States is about 9.2 million head.

TRead the full article is from the New York Times.

For more information about sexed semen and its potential applications in beef production, read “The ABCs of Xs and Ys”  from Drovers.

Source: New York Times