|DataGene is an independent and industry-owned organisation that is responsible
for driving genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry,
through research, development and extension activities.
Formed in July 2016, DataGene brings together many precompetitive herd
improvement functions under the one umbrella, including genetics, herd testing
and herd recording software, data systems and herd test standards ...|
|If you are interested in dairy herd improvement you won’t want to miss Herd 17,
the dairy industry’s biennial conference to be held at Bendigo, 22-23 March
The conference has a reputation for presenting exciting speakers at the cutting
edge of herd improvement, and Herd 17 is no exception with several world
leaders on the program ...|
|Dairy farmers will be able to base their breeding choices on more up-to-date
Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) with this week’s public ABV release by the
Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme. And the reliability of production
trait ABVs for Holstein and Jersey breeds has increased with recent refinements
to the model.
Until now, public ABV releases have occurred twice a year in April and August ...|
|Australian dairy geneticist, Dr Jennie Pryce, from Agriculture Victoria and La
Trobe University is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious J. L. Lush Award in
Animal Breeding. This international award from the American Dairy Science
Association recognises outstanding research in animal breeding and genetics
that had or has the potential for improvement of dairy cattle ...|
|Aaron Thomas (Morningside Jerseys, South Gippsland, Victoria) loves breeding
Jerseys. And the Good Bulls App gives him the freedom to look up bulls anytime,
He says the app takes a lot of the hard work out of researching bulls, and it
has also opened his mind to bulls he may otherwise not have considered. “The
other day I was waiting for a slow milker to milk out so while I waited I used
the app on my phone to look up bulls to improve milking speed ...|
|With the August release of Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) this week, dairy
farmers are being encouraged to look for good deals that include Good Bulls.
Michelle Axford from the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS) said
that high genetic merit bulls did not necessarily cost more but their daughters
generate more profit.
ADHIS analysed bull catalogues from 2015, including the prices and Balanced
Performance Index (BPI) of 421 Holstein bulls ...|
|The daughters of high index dairy bulls produce more milk solids and last as
long in the herd, if not longer, regardless of a herd’s feeding system. This is
a key finding of the 2016 Feeding the Genes study conducted by Dr John Morton
for the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS).
Dr Morton found that the trend is similar for all three Australian breeding
Indices: Balanced Performance Index (BPI), Health Weighted Index (HWI) and Type
Weighted Index (TWI) ...|
|Genetic selection has played an important role in halting the downward trend in
Australian dairy herd reproductive performance.
A recent analysis by Dr John Morton confirmed that the Daughter Fertility
Australian Breeding Value (ABV) has given dairy farmers an effective tool to
breed for improved herd reproductive performance ...|
|Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 11 (EX-91), has taken out the top BPI award at the 2016
Victorian Winter Fair this week, continuing the dominance of the Jessica cow
family bred by the Hore family at Leitchville, Victoria.
The Balanced Performance Index (BPI) Highest Female Award was presented by the
Australian Dairy Improvement Scheme (ADHIS) in collaboration with Holstein
Australia and the Victorian Winter Fair committee ...|
|South Gippsland, Vic dairyfarmer, Allison Potter says the new Good Bulls app
gives her the convenience of her office tool in the paddock, where she does
most of her thinking about bull selection.
“I really like the Displayabull tool on the ADHIS website to look up the
details of individual bulls. But I’m more focussed on the sorts of bulls that
would suit our herd when the cows are in front of me, when I’m in the paddock
or bringing them in for milking ...|
After 20 years of declining dairy cow fertility, the genetic trend has turned
around and improved every year since 2011. It is now about 5% higher than cows
born in 2011, and similar to cows born in 1996.
This finding and others are reported in the latest Herd Improvement Report,
published recently by ADHIS and the National Herd Improvement Association of
Australia (NHIA) ...|
|Building on the popular Good Bulls Guide, the new Good Bulls app makes it
easier than ever for dairy farmers to identify bulls that match their breeding
Drawing from an expansive database of local and international dairy bulls, the
Good Bulls App allows bulls to be sorted on Australia’s three breeding indices:
Balanced Performance Index (BPI), Health Weighted Index (HWI) and Type Weighted
Index (TWI) ...|
|4 November 2015
As the Spring-calving period draws to a close, it’s time for dairy farmers to
make sure valuable records in their trusty paddock notebook are transferred to
computer records, either on the farm PC or at the herd test centre.
Michelle Axford from ADHIS said it could be tempting to delay transferring calf
records until a heifer’s first calving ...|
|21 October 2015
For dairy farmers who plan on spring calving, the next few weeks are a crucial
time not only for their herds, but also for their business and profit plans,
especially if they are using Artificial Insemination (AI) techniques on-farm ...|
Having all of his young stock genotyped has completely changed the way Rob
Cooper manages his breeding program of his 1300+ split calving Holstein herd.
Rob dairies in partnership with three investors at Manilla, north west of
“We rear about 600 heifer calves a year and will soon reach our target herd
size of 1600. We will soon have a significant number of surplus replacements,”
he said ...|
|The ‘State of Origin’ for livestock geneticists is coming to Victoria in
Australia’s team of internationally recognised geneticists will host colleagues
from Ireland, Denmark, USA, Germany, Kenya and New Zealand. Researchers will
tackle some of the most significant opportunities available through genetic
improvement, such as improved fertility, animal health, feed conversion
efficiency, methane production and the use of new tools from genomics ...|
|Holstein breeders, around the world, have been following Australia's new
breeding indices and the new Feed Saved ABV. Holstein International has
recently published a detailed description of the advancements released with
April ABVs. With the publication's permission, you can read more by clicking
Click here to find out more about Holstein International or to receive your
free trial version. |
|Australia's three new indices are backed by strong science, rigorous models and
a sound understanding of farmers' breeding preferences.
An article describing the breeding preferences of Australian dairy farmers has
been published in the Journal of Dairy Science. Click for more.
|The Release of Australia's three new breeding indices means farmers now have
choice when making breeding decisions for their herd. To support farmers in
making the best choice for their herd ADHIS has developed a simple 'Choose Your
Index' decision support tool to take the guess work out of aligning your
breeding priorities with an index ...|
|The April release of Australian Breeding Values (ABV) includes a Feed Saved ABV
for the first time. A short video explains how farmers and the broader industry
can use this new ABV to improve feed efficiency on farm.
The Feed Saved ABV is published in the Good Bulls Guide spreadsheets and other
ABV lists distributed by ADHIS ...|
|The following is a press release issued by the Dairy Futures CRC 14/07/2014
Australian dairy cattle genomics recognised on world stage
A global collaboration initiated and led by Victorian scientists has created
the world's largest collection of bovine DNA sequence data. The novelty and
importance of the work has been recognised in a paper published today in the
prestigious international journal Nature Genetics ...|
|Do you want to know more about Australia's national breeding objective and how
it compares internationally?
Interested in hearing about exciting future traits and opportunities to make
use of genomics?
You are invited to join fellow farmers and industry professionals at the ADHIS
ABV Discovery Day on Wednesday 30th October ...|
Good genes mean more milk, regardless of the feeding system, according to the
results from Feeding the Genes, a study commissioned by the ADHIS with Dairy
Dr Pauline Brightling, who led the study, said results dispelled the myth that
the benefits of cows with higher genetic merit, or Australian Profit Rankings
(APRs) were not realised in herds using a low bail or total mixed ration (TMR)
feeding system ...|
|ADHIS is pleased to invite you to a one day forum to explore the world of
Australian Breeding Values ( ABVs ) and the exciting research and development
activities underway .
This event will be invaluable for all people interested in improving Australian
dairy herds including breeding advisors, herd improvement representatives,
dairy advisers and other dairy industry professionals.
Join us on Thursday 30th August 2012, 10.00 am to 3 ...|
|Victorian dairy farmers Leanne and Bill Verboon know that breeding and profit
go hand in hand, which is why they select bulls rated in the top 50 for
Australian Profit Ranking (APR).
“We see breeding as the foundation for long term business viability. Pasture
management and herd nutrition have an immediate and temporary impact on milk
production and farm profitability. But breeding is permanent and long term,”
said Mrs Verboon who manages the breeding program for their 320-cow herd ...|