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Move to DataGene24 January 2017
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 ...
Herd 17 registrations14 December 2016
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 2017. 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 ...
Latest update of dairy breeding values14 December 2016
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 ...
Pryce recognised for outstanding research9 November 2016
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 ...
Good bulls, anywhere, anytime13 September 2016
Aaron Thomas (Morningside Jerseys, South Gippsland, Victoria) loves breeding Jerseys. And the Good Bulls App gives him the freedom to look up bulls anytime, anywhere. 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 ...
Go for good deals that include Good Bulls15 August 2016
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 ...
High BPI means more milk, longer herd life15 August 2016
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) ...
Dairy cow fertility genes are improving 16 July 2016
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 ...
Another Jessica takes out top BPI award at Victorian Winter Fair7 July 2016
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 ...
Taking the office into the paddock6 April 2016
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 ...
Dairy cow fertility trends improve24 March 2016
24/02/2016 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) ...
App puts good bulls at your fingertips 15 February 2016
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 priorities. 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) ...
Don't delay calf records4 November 2015
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 ...
An extra week of AI can be worth thousands $$21 October 2015
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 ...
Breeding program evolves with genotyping19 October 2015
16/10/2015 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 Tamworth, NSW. “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 ...
'State of Origin' for livestock genetics coming to Victoria22 July 2015
The ‘State of Origin’ for livestock geneticists is coming to Victoria in September. 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 ...
'Feed Efficiency: Exciting feature of new Australian proofs', according to Holstein International9 June 2015
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 this link. Click here to find out more about Holstein International or to receive your free trial version.
Australia's indices in the Journal of Dairy Science19 May 2015
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.
Choose your Index, Use Your Index11 May 2015
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 ...
New Feed Saved video29 April 2015
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 ...
Australian Dairy Cattle Genomics recognised on world stage14 July 2014
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 ...
ABV Discovery Day21 October 2013
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 ...
Results from the 'Feeding The Genes' study16 July 2013
16/07/2013 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 Australia funding. 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 ...
Discovering ABV's Forum8 August 2012
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 ...
Breeding and profit go hand in hand17 July 2008
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 ...