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Australia's New Indices

The prosperity of the Australian dairy industry is underpinned by the profitability of the cows farmers milk. New breeding indices set an exciting path for genetic improvement in Australia.

The Balanced Performance Index (BPI) replaces the Australian Profit Ranking and achieves farm profit through a balance of longevity, health, type and efficient production.
Two additional indices will be released to align to specific breeding philosophies, namely the Health Weighted Index (HWI) and Type Weighted Index (TWI).

The new indices are backed by strong science and in line with the farmer trait preferences. Under the guidance of an industry task force, the National Breeding Objective was reviewed and indices developed. Farmers and their advisors have directly contributed through Australia’s Longest Farmwalk and a sector wide survey to ensure these indices are right for the time.

For the first time, breeding indices will include feed saved. This new trait has been developed through ground breaking research from the Dairy Futures CRC and Department of Economic Development supported by Dairy Australia.

The National Breeding Objective Review has been an industry-wide initiative led by ADHIS and involving hundreds of farmers and service providers with strong support from industry, commercial and government organisations.


Take two minutes to find out how breeding indices are changing in Australia. http://youtu.be/YsVn33rkY8U

Choose Your Index decision support tool
Choose Your Index decision support tool

Holstein International writes about feed efficiency and new indices
Holstein International writes about feed efficiency and new indices

National Breeding Objective - Final Short Report
National Breeding Objective - Final Short Report

Recording of the 'Choose Your Index' Webinar
Listen back to our webinar on choosing, then using the right index for your herd

Economic values for Australia's new indices
Economic values for Australia's new indices

National Breeding Objective Review Consultation
National Breeding Objective Consultation

What makes a 10 year old cow?
Research into the traits influencing longevity in Australian dairy cattle