Holstein Dispatch #04 – December 2017
Feature stories:

Top trait list changes in latest proof release

The December proof release shows considerable change in the top trait lists with new number one cows for overall type, survival, SCC, fertility and feed saved.

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This month 6,914 new females received a genomic breeding value since the August release

Science behind breeding

Holstein Australia member, Eugene Rea, talks about the science behind efficiency, production improvements and breeding of his registered Childers Cove Holsteins herd in Western Victoria.

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Childers Cove Holsteins has about 285 cows producing around 9,200 litres of milk annually

Other highlights:

Major bovine genetics providers to merge
Alta Genetics and Genex parent companies, Koepon Holding and CRI announce they will merge by mid-2018, with the two genetics brands expected to remain independent competitors.

Australian pedigree for Japan’s top cow
IDW director and Holstein Australia member, Brian Leslie, was surprised to discover a personal connection to Japan’s top cow during his visit to judge at the Kumamoto Holstein Show.

New research on the oestrus cycle in cows
Paul Fricke, a US based extension specialist in dairy cattle reproduction, talks through his research on cows with extended inner oestrus periods in this interesting podcast.

Balancing genetic technology with ethical concerns
The need for international cooperation on genetic modification and genome editing recognised in Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences research project.

Thanks for your support during 2017 from Holstein Australia
Holstein Australia wishes you a safe and happy holiday season and a prosperous 2018. Our office will be closed from 4.30pm Thursday 21 December, reopening at 8.30am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Upcoming events:

> 4th - 5th January 2018
Western District Camp Out
Noorat, Vic

> 21st - 25th January 2018
International Dairy Week Tatura, Vic

> 21st January 2018
Holstein Australia Youth Challenge, Tatura, Vic


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