Genetic gain lifts profitability

Gippsland dairyfarmers Trevor Saunders and Anthea Day are committed to making rapid genetic gain in their 750-cow dairy herd, Araluen Park, and have the figures to prove their efforts are paying substantial dividends.
Gippsland dairyfarmers Trevor Saunders and Anthea Day are committed to making rapid genetic gain in their 750-cow dairy herd, Araluen Park, and have the figures to prove their efforts are paying substantial dividends.
Darren and Sharon Parrish use Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) for workability and calving ease to help run a productive and profitable dairy business and make better decisions on their farm at Bodalla on the New South Wales south coast.
01 Aug 18 Darren and Sharon Parrish use Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) for workability and calving ease to help run a productive and profitable dairy business and make better decisions on their...
Herd testing is paying dividends for dairyfarmers who use the information to improve their farm business performance by making better culling choices, smarter feed allocation decisions and improving herd management.
30 Jul 18 Herd testing is paying dividends for dairyfarmers who use the information to improve their farm business performance by making better culling choices, smarter feed allocation decisions...
John Gardiner, from Avonlea Holsteins, Cardinia, Victoria, knows what it takes to achieve at major dairy shows.
06 Jul 18 John Gardiner, from Avonlea Holsteins, Cardinia, Victoria, knows what it takes to achieve at major dairy shows.
Dean Malcolm,  the owner of the Victorian Winter Fair supreme intermediate champion Fairvale Bradnick Josie 118, says it is
06 Jul 18 Dean Malcolm, the owner of the Victorian Winter Fair supreme intermediate champion Fairvale Bradnick Josie 118, says it is "one of the best-uddered cows I've seen in this country".
A commitment to genetics and dairy cattle breeding has rewarded the owners of the 2018 Victorian Winter Fair junior champion.
04 Jul 18 A commitment to genetics and dairy cattle breeding has rewarded the owners of the 2018 Victorian Winter Fair junior champion.
The Victorian Winter Fair's reputation for being prepared to try something different will be enhanced this year with a novel approach to selling animals.
02 Jul 18 The Victorian Winter Fair's reputation for being prepared to try something different will be enhanced this year with a novel approach to selling animals.
When it comes to weighing up the success of his Jersey herd, Shawn Hollingworth has all the figures he needs.
06 Jun 18 When it comes to weighing up the success of his Jersey herd, Shawn Hollingworth has all the figures he needs.
Herd testing has given Brad and Meagan O'Shannessy a quick and clear understanding of their cows' production and performance, resulting in easier culling, decision making and even pregnancy testing.
11 May 18 Herd testing has given Brad and Meagan O'Shannessy a quick and clear understanding of their cows' production and performance, resulting in easier culling, decision making and even...
A recent analysis of genetic trends in the Australian dairy herd shows that the rate of genetic gain has accelerated in the past decade.
07 May 18 A recent analysis of genetic trends in the Australian dairy herd shows that the rate of genetic gain has accelerated in the past decade.
Even 60 years of progress and achievement has not stopped Genetics Australia from aiming higher.
27 Apr 18 Even 60 years of progress and achievement has not stopped Genetics Australia from aiming higher.
Does a herd's genetics matter to the farm's bottom line? How do farmers know?
13 Apr 18 Does a herd's genetics matter to the farm's bottom line? How do farmers know?
When a girl has a dream to show her family’s cows at Australia’s premier dairy show, it makes sense to get a truck licence.
12 Feb 18 When a girl has a dream to show her family’s cows at Australia’s premier dairy show, it makes sense to get a truck licence.
Holsteins from northern Victoria dominated the interbreed judging at International Dairy Week at Tatura, Victoria, in January.
29 Jan 18 Holsteins from northern Victoria dominated the interbreed judging at International Dairy Week at Tatura, Victoria, in January.
IT HAS been a three year build-up for the owners of this year’s International Dairy Week Grand Champion Illawarra cow, Llandovery JR Joan 982. The six year old cow was an honorable mention in the senior championship in 2016 and reserve senior champion in 2017 before this year’s success.
25 Jan 18 IT HAS been a three year build-up for the owners of this year’s International Dairy Week Grand Champion Illawarra cow, Llandovery JR Joan 982. The six year old cow was an honorable...
The 2018 Grand Champion Guernsey at IDW Rockmar Miami Graceful has had a stellar rise to the top after being judged reserve intermediate champion as a three year old in 2017. Rockmar had rapidly developed since last year’s IDW according to Tyson Shea who led the heifer for parents Mark and Roxanne Shea, Bacchus Marsh, Victoria.
25 Jan 18 The 2018 Grand Champion Guernsey at IDW Rockmar Miami Graceful has had a stellar rise to the top after being judged reserve intermediate champion as a three year old in 2017. Rockmar had...
A Jersey cow that sold for $50,000 in October after having claimed the 2017 International Dairy Week supreme grand champion interbreed award won the top Jersey award again at IDW on Wednesday.
25 Jan 18 A Jersey cow that sold for $50,000 in October after having claimed the 2017 International Dairy Week supreme grand champion interbreed award won the top Jersey award again at IDW on...
The buyer of the top-priced lot at the International Dairy Week Jersey is looking to lift components in the farm's milk with the breed.
24 Jan 18 The buyer of the top-priced lot at the International Dairy Week Jersey is looking to lift components in the farm's milk with the breed.
The buyer of the top-priced heifer in the Ayrshire sale at International Dairy Week on Tuesday first spotted the animal when he judged it in a country show last year.
24 Jan 18 The buyer of the top-priced heifer in the Ayrshire sale at International Dairy Week on Tuesday first spotted the animal when he judged it in a country show last year.
Tandara Brown Swiss took all before it at International Dairy Week on Tuesday.
23 Jan 18 Tandara Brown Swiss took all before it at International Dairy Week on Tuesday.
The grand champion Ayrshire cow at International Dairy Week was the first its owner James Dillon had shown at the event from his own breeding.
23 Jan 18 The grand champion Ayrshire cow at International Dairy Week was the first its owner James Dillon had shown at the event from his own breeding.
An Ayrshire breeder's first Holstein purchase proved a wise choice when it won the All Breeds National Youth Show at International Dairy Week on Monday.
22 Jan 18 An Ayrshire breeder's first Holstein purchase proved a wise choice when it won the All Breeds National Youth Show at International Dairy Week on Monday.
International Dairy Week kicked off today with the All Breeds Youth Show.
22 Jan 18 International Dairy Week kicked off today with the All Breeds Youth Show.
Nanango, Queensland, district dairyfarmers Ian and Cathy Scott will be looking for bulls to use over their dairy herd that are above average for the new Heat Tolerance Australian Breeding Value (ABV).
19 Jan 18 Nanango, Queensland, district dairyfarmers Ian and Cathy Scott will be looking for bulls to use over their dairy herd that are above average for the new Heat Tolerance Australian...
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A new definition of 'genetically modified' currently awaiting parliamentary approval could see a swathe of new grasses on the market within three years.
13 Nov 18 A new definition of "genetically modified" currently awaiting parliamentary approval could see a swathe of new...
A person normally breathes about 25,000 times a day, with the lungs taking in oxygen from the air and delivering it to the bloodstream.02 Nov 18 A person normally breathes about 25,000 times a day, with the lungs taking in oxygen from the air and delivering it...
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Olivia - what you fail to consider is that animals fed the crops you speak of aren't evolved to
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If that’s what they think the milk volume drop will be they are in for one hell of a shock. 200
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A well planned vegan diet is certainly not nutrient deficient. But aside from that, the entire
Amidst rising farm costs, Dairy Australia has developed a range of energy information resources to assist farmers to make smarter use of energy to reduce power bills.
13 Nov 18 Amidst rising farm costs, Dairy Australia has developed a range of energy information resources to assist farmers to...
Accurate and up-to-date paperwork is crucial for all dairy farmers. But as a farm manager, Allen Hook says the ability to keep precise records is what keeps him in a job.12 Nov 18 Accurate and up-to-date paperwork is crucial for all dairy farmers. But as a farm manager, Allen Hook says the...
Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.22 Sep 16 Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.
Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition opportunities.25 Sep 16 Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition...