Holstein Dispatch #01 – September 2017
Welcome to Holstein Dispatch; Holstein Australia's new e-newsletter for Holstein breeders.

Over the coming months Holstein Dispatch will deliver insights into breeding innovation and technologies and Holstein news and events from Australia and around the world in an easily readable and accessible way.

Please enjoy this first edition.

Feature stories:

The Semex Holstein Australia On-Farm competition is here

The Semex Australia On-Farm Competition is Australia's largest dairy livestock judging competition, attracting around 3,000 entries from 500 breeders each year. Separate competitions will be conducted in each Holstein Australia Sub-Branch during October and November, with these competitions over-judged to determine overall Champions and placegetters. Entry forms are available at the link below.

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The format of the Semex Holstein Australia On-Farm Competition means all breeders can compete against the best in their region or State on an equal basis.

Are you looking for your next Holstein herd bull?

Holstein Australia has just published a list of over 400 genomically tested bulls available for sale from most regions across Australia. With an average BPI 157, this reflects the high quality of bulls being registered and tested by Holstein Australia members. The full genomic tested herd bull list and breeder details can be accessed at the link below.

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The number of genomically tested animals continues to rise offering buyers the opportunity to purchase bulls with the confidence they have the most current and reliable ABV (g)'s available.

Other highlights:

Registered Holsteins fetch top dollar at Warrnambool sale
Registered Holsteins sold to a top of $4,100 twice at the complete dispersal of Hatali Holsteins in Warrnambool, underlining the value of registration to Holstein breeders (picture: Simone Smith).

Paringa Holsteins hit $17,000 twice
The top price of $17000 was achieved twice at the on-farm first stage complete dispersal sale of the dual Master Breeder herd, Paringa Holsteins, at Invergordon last week.

Australia UK youth exchange winner traverses the UK
From experiencing one of Europe's biggest dairy shows to on farm experiences very different to home, Emma Algie, Holstein Australia's 2017 UK youth exchange winner, reports on her travels.

New school program delves into dairy
The Bendigo Advertiser reports on a new school program educating students on the importance of the dairy industry to regional communities throughout Australia.

Boosting productivity energy assessment grants
Australian dairy farmers are being encouraged to apply for Sustainability Victoria Boosting Productivity energy assessment grants of up to $6,000.

Upcoming events:

> 24th Sept - 3rd Oct
Royal Melbourne Show Melbourne Showgrounds

> 30th Sep - 1st Oct
Far North QLD Dairy Youth Challenge & Show Malanda

> 12th - 15th Oct
Royal Launceston Show
Inveresk, TAS

> 19th - 22nd Oct
Royal Geelong Show
Breakwater, VIC

> 25th - 28th Oct
Royal Hobart Show
Glenorchy, TAS

> 24th Nov
Dairy Australia AGM
Flemington, VIC


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