Cow of the Year, dairy youth camps, October proofs, where to next for genomics and more
Holstein Dispatch #26 – 10 Occtober 2019
Feature stories:

Cow of the Year 2019

Orchard Vale Informer Tiffany-ET(g) EX91-1E, owned by Master Breeder Gorbro Holsteins of Cohuna, Victoria, has been named the 2019 Holstein Australia Cow of the Year.

“Orchard Vale Informer Tiffany really exemplifies the modern cow that we are trying to breed,” says Gorbro's Glen Gordon.

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Orchard Vale Informer Tiffany-ET(g)

October Proof Run

Dixie Park Hitest Bluey 4609, owned by Matt Glennen (Dixie Park Farm Trust) and Marcus Rees, tops the New Genomic Females list with 366 BPI, enters the Top Young Genomic Females list at number 4 and comes in at number 8 on the all-time Top Genomic Females list.

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Other highlights:

Online sale delivers strong result
Holstein Australia's first ever Online Showcase Sale delivered a strong result with a sale average of $3,533 and top price of $8,000, plus over $6,000 raised for Holstein Youth programs.

Western District Youth Camp applications now open
It’s back! For the fifth year running the Western Districts Sub-Branch is hosting a dairy youth camp in January for 10 to 16 year olds at the Noorat Showgrounds. Limited places - apply today!

Success for Australia's European Young Breeders team
Competing against 163 youth from 15 countries, Australia's first European Young Breeders School team had a strong result with all team members finishing in the top third of the results. Planning is already underway for the 2020 Australian team - watch this space!

Ten years of genomic selection. What's next?
A look at how genomics has changed dairy cattle selection, its impact on genetic improvement and some thoughts on what’s next for genomics from the Canadian Dairy Network.

National Dairy Youth Camp planned for January
Expressions of interest are now being sought for a National Dairy Youth Camp for 16 to 20 year olds at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds from 5th to 8th January - register your interest by 31st October to be kept in the loop.

Legend of the Breed
Bundalong Marks Medallion, a bull that has had a huge impact on the breed, has been named the first Holstein Australia Legend of the Breed, with the award presented to Brian & Bill Anderson by Genetics Australia's Anthony Shelly.

Dairy business education scholarships available
Marcus Oldham College and Dairy Australia have launched a new learning program to support the development of business management capabilities in Australian dairy farming, with scholarship applications closing Friday 18th October.

If you are a cow person as well as a people person, like spending time with breeders and farmers and have an interest in making all things dairy just that little bit better, easier and straightforward, then Holstein Australia would like to hear from you.

Upcoming events:

> 17th October 2019
Royal Geelong Show
Geelong, VIC

> 17th - 19th October 2019
North Coast National
Lismore, NSW

> 26th October 2019
The Myrtleford Show Myrtleford, VIC


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