December proofs, European Young Breeders School 2020, Oakley Henry's UK Exchange report & your chance to have your say on our National Breeding Objective
Holstein Dispatch #27 – 20 December 2019
Feature stories:

Holstein genetic gain continues

The December proof release sees Ivyhurst Wrangler Mystery 6194 join Coomboona Rambo Bliss-IMP-ET and Vala Bandares Boliana-ET at the top of the list for all genomic females irrespective of age on 398 BPI, with Purnim Moneyman Shasnah CS4524-ET (393 BPI) now at number four despite a 7 point increase in BPI month-on-month.

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Genetic gain rate in Australian Holsteins continues

EYBS 2020 applications open

Have you got what it takes to represent Australia at the European Young Breeders School? Applications are now open for places on the five-strong Australian team that will compete at the School in Battice, Belgium, in September 2020 with young dairy men and women representing all breeds urged to apply.

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Other highlights:

Merry Christmas from Holstein Australia
On behalf of the Board and the staff, Holstein Dispatch wishes all our readers, Holstein Australia members, their families and friends a safe and happy festive break. The Holstein Australia office will be shut from close of business on Friday 20th December, reopening Thursday 2nd January.

Have your say on Australia's National Breeding Objective
Dairy farmers and industry people are being encouraged to have their say about the industry’s National Breeding Objective (NBO) before the end of January 2020. Your opinion matters!

Heading Down Under from the UK
Next month Holstein Australia welcomes Catherine Bunting, the fourth recipient of the Holstein Young Breeders (HYB) Exchange, to Australia on a trip that will take her to member farms throughout Vic, SA & WA, plus the Western Districts Youth Camp and IDW.

Hope for dairy on the Atherton Tablelands
HA Strategic Directions Committee member & Millaa Millaa dairy farmer, Colin Daley, is hopeful a change in ownership of his local processing plant will benefit Atherton Tablelands dairy farmers.

Heat Tolerance now a core breeding value
Holstein Australia member Trevor Parrish says that NSW & QLD breeders expect high BPI bulls to have an above average heat tolerance ABV.

Designer cows: Technologies are reshaping dairy herds
The benefits of customising herd genetics reaches beyond the farm, and increasingly shows signs of tapping into processor and consumer demand according to this RaboBank report.

From southern England to Scotland, Northern Ireland and beyond, our UK Exchange winner, Oakley Henry, reflects on some of the differences in Holstein breeding between the UK and Australia.

Registered Holsteins to the fore in December sales
With the value of Registered Holsteins highlighted at the recent Hawova Holstein Sale & Eclipse
Sensation V Sale
look out for our special report & analysis of the 2019 selling season next month.

Upcoming events:

> 19th-23rd January 2020
International Dairy Week
Tatura, VIC

> 18th-21st February 2020
Aus Dairy Conference
Melbourne, VIC

> 22nd January 2020


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