Holstein Dispatch #18 – 20 December 2018
Feature stories:

Reflecting on the year that was

Patrick Glass, Holstein Australia President, reflects on the importance and strength of our Holstein community against the backdrop of what has been an incredibly challenging year for the dairy sector both inside and outside the farm gate.

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Patrick Glass, President Holstein Australia

New BPI benchmark

The December proof release saw records tumbling with Vala Holsteins' Vala Quantum Nady-IMP-ET hitting a landmark BPI of 436. Alex Arena, explains the breeding decisions behind this animal, which he hopes will become a star brood cow in the Vala Herd.

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The first field shot of Vala Quantum Nady-IMP-ET
Other highlights:

Purebred move reaps rewards
Lisa and Murray Huitson have undertaken some major changes to their breeding approach with their herd now ranking in Australia’s top 200 for balanced performance index. (Pic: Weekly Times)

Herd Genetic Stocktake launched
Holstein Australia has launched its Herd Genetic Stocktake report, a new service available to members who have sufficient herd recording data. The report provides an overview of an individual herd’s genetic profile and will be an important tool for building stronger, better Holstein herds into the future.

John Harlock - genetics advocate recognised by ADIC
Longstanding Holstein Australia member and Western Victorian dairy farmer John Harlock has been recognised posthumously for his contribution to the Australian dairy industry by the Australian Dairy Industry Council.

A Quarter Century of Holstein Australia
The Board of Holstein Australia are delighted to share with all  Holstein enthusiasts the 25 years from 1989 to our 2014 Centenary in Gerald Boyd-Clarke’s new book, now available to order via the Holstein Australia website.

Dairy House at AgrioBio a gamechanger
The bringing together of Holstein Australia, DataGene, Jersey Australia and National Herd Improvement Association at Dairy House within the AgriBio building in Bundoora is now official!

Heat tolerance ABV international interest
The heat tolerance ABV released this time last year is a world-first and is garnering interest from breeders in China and the Philippines according to Genetics Australia's Rob Dercksen.

Upcoming events:

> 20th - 24th January 2019
International Dairy Week
Tatura, VIC

> 19th - 20th March 2019
Herd'19 Delivering Change
Bendigo, VIC


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