Holstein Dispatch #08 – 9 March 2018
Feature stories:

All change in March proof run

Some movement in the top 20 cows list and Illawambra Holsteins taking eight of the top 20 spots in the top Heifers list, five sired by homegrown bull, Illawambra Frontpage Fantastic, were the big stories from the March proof run.

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"A Fantastic result" says Trevor Parrish

Bullish bull market in WA

The 58th annual West Australian region of Holstein Australia bull sale, Australia’s longest running Holstein bull sale, saw 27 bulls and 3 females from Carenda Holsteins, Treeton Holsteins and Katandra Park Jerseys & Holsteins go under the hammer. Lot 3, Carenda Nardoo 525 (g) was top price bull, fetching $7,750.

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Top price bull, Carenda Nardoo 525 (g) fetched $7,750 at WA's premier Holstein bull sale

Other highlights:

Linking dairy herd improvement and profit
Find out how herd improvement contributes to profit at the ImProving Herds National Muster, to be held at the Jelbart’s dairy, Leongatha South, Vic on 10 May.

Tall cows similar to tall people
The largest-scale study to investigate the genetic basis for height, or body stature, in cattle, undertaken by Australian scientists, has found that tall cow genetics are similar to those of tall people.

Calf wellness traits to expand Zoetis genetics offering
Three new calf wellness traits to enable breeders to genetically improve calf survival and minimise risk for respiratory disease and scours within their herds.

Genomics provides quicker path to A2 herd
Genomic testing can reduce time taken to develop an A2 herd from twenty to seven years - a factor of 65% - according to LIC, New Zealand's largest genetics supplier.

Big in America
52,000 Holstein steers fed and 12,500 cows milked every day on 4,860 hectares, with a history that involves John Wayne. Welcome to Arizona's T & K Red River Dairy, doing it big in America.

Fitbit for dairy cows
Cutting-edge technology developed by La Trobe University’s Centre for Technology Infusion is set to revolutionise the dairy, sheep and beef industry in Australia and beyond.

Upcoming events:

> 14th - 15th March 2018
TAS Dairy Conference Launceston, TAS

> 28th - 29th March 2018
Bega AgTech Days Bega, NSW

> 10th May 2018
The National Muster Leongatha South, VIC


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