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Holstein Dispatch #29 – 13 February 2020
Feature stories:

2020 National Judging School

Australia’s only National Judging School for 2020 is being held in Colac, Victoria from 10th to 12th March. Hosted by Western Districts Sub-Branch, attendees successfully completing the School will be admitted to the Holstein Australia National Judges Panel. Applications close 21st February.

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National Judging School applications now open

February Proof Run

Carenda and Rockwella Farm dominated February’s best young females with their first genomic breeding value list, with 17 of the top 20 cows. Topping the list was Rockwella Farm Jeronimo Pam, followed by Carenda Ardldis Verdello and Carenda Jeronimo Funky.

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Carenda Holsteins Ray Kitchen (photo: Farm Weekly)
Other highlights:

Gippsland breeders to the fore at IDW
View Fort Holsteins take out Interbreed Supreme Grand Champion and Holstein Grand Champion ribbons with Avonlea Reginald Jacobinia at International Dairy Week.

Top BPI cow achieves top sale price at IDW
Top BPI lot on offer, Cypress Grove V3 Ronimo Tiffany achieved the $12,000 top price, selling to Bryan and Jo Dickson, Emu Banks Holsteins in the World Wide Sires Evolution Sale. (photo:

HA's Miranda Clark recognised in NHIA Awards
Genomic Services Officer, Miranda Clark, has been recognised by the National Herd Improvement Association of Australia for her role in increasing the acceptance and understanding of genomics among Australian breeders.

Bushfire fundraiser tops $115,000
A highlight of the IDW Dairy Industry Bushfire Appeal fundraiser was the pick of the 10,000 strong Moxey and Perich families' Australian Fresh Milk Holdings herd. (photo:

NHIA Semen Survey released
The latest Semen Survey saw sales of sexed semen increase 12.8% with export sales also increasing in what was a challenging domestic market, says NHIA's Stephen Carroll.

Q Fever taskforce established
A Q Fever taskforce has been funded by the Department of Agriculture, AgriFutures Australia, university and industry partners to improve the understanding of how and why the disease spreads.

Moo swings?
Puberty moos - a study of cow personality traits by researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada has shown how puberty impacts dairy cattle.

Upcoming events:

> Today - 13th February
Wyena Holsteins Sale
Camperdown, VIC

> 18th March 2020
GA 2020 Conference
Melton, VIC

> 6th March 2020
Boyanup, WA


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