Holstein Dispatch #15 – 26 September 2018
Feature stories:

A catch up with Bruno

Holstein Dispatch caught up with Bruno Jubinville, Holstein Canada's National Coordinator for Classification, during his recent stint in Australia working with our classifiers. His time down under made quite an impression on him, as did the longevity and quality of our Australian Holstein cow, and some of the marked differences between dairy farming in his native Quebec and here in Australia.

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Bruno Jubinville in his natural environment

Vale Bruce Macintosh

Holstein Australia would like to acknowledge the passing Bruce McIntosh OAM, renowned dairyman, active Sub-Branch member and held in high regard as one of the finest judges of dairy cattle in Australia. He was also founder of Shoalhaven Zoo and former Shire President. He is survived by his wife Nora and their six children - Jan, Lindy, Sally, Kathy, Sue and son Rob who manages the Woodside Park dairy farm in Berry.

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Bruce McIntosh OAM 1928 - 2018
Other highlights:

Is your herd performing to its genetic potential?
How important are environmental and management factors in determining whether your cows or heifers are reaching their  genetic potential?

Board & Committee nominations open 27 September
Nominations for one Holstein Australia National Board position, one Breed Development & Conformation Committee member and one All Australian Selection Committee position open this week.

Registered cows for commercial conditons
Featuring 140 Registered Holsteins, 85 spring calved, the Andes Holsteins 2nd Stage Dispersal sale takes place 11am, Monday 15 October, on farm at St Germains, Victoria.

Haplotypes and herd fertility
Although focusing on the Jersey breed, this interesting article looks at haplotypes, their impact on herd fertility and has some useful tips on risk management relevant to all dairy breeders.

Workability reports and herd improvment
Holstein Australia members Sharon and Darren Parrish talking about the importance of herd recording and regular workability reports as part of their herd improvement program.

Genomic testing steps up a gear
Neogen Australasia has officially opened Australia’s largest livestock genomic testing laboratory in Gatton, Queensland, following a $5 million investment in new facilities and equipment.

Holstein Australia office move and contact details
The first stage of our move to the AgriBio building in Bundoora is now complete. Please bear with us while building work is finished and we relocate internally within the building.

Upcoming events:

> 15th October 2018
Andes Holsteins 2nd Stage Dispersal Sale
St Germains, VIC

> 15th November 2018
Holstein Australia Online Showcase Sale
Hobart, TAS

> 15th November 2018
Holstein Australia AGM, Hobart, TAS - Register now via the website!


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