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Vale - Peter Stewart

All at Genetics Australia mourn the passing of one of the herd improvement industries greatest advocates, former VAB/GA Director and Chairman Peter Stewart of Stratford.

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Genetics Australia expands

Genetics Australia has announced the Cooperative is strengthening its position in the herd improvement industry with the acquisition of Total Livestock Genetics (TLG).

Genetics Australia will take over the TLG trading name from January 4, 2021 and GA’s bull management, semen management and semen collection and production services will be transferred to the TLG site in Camperdown, Victoria.

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On the Move in Pakistan

Genetics Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of HRM Dairies as a distributor of our product in Pakistan.

Pakistan has one of the fastest growing dairy industries in the world and it is great to partner with the team from HRM to bring our world class genetics to Pakistan”, states Export Manager Rob Derksen.

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Dairy's ‘green cow’ and the licence to operate

“The community will grant us a social licence with a particular focus on animal welfare and we will need to demonstrate our commitment to these issues,” Mr Shelly told the 2020 Genetics Australia Online Conference. Dairy farmers and industry personnel are encouraged to visit the Genetics Australia YouTube channel to watch the series.

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Breeding ‘Green’ Cows for the Future

Australian farmers are being advised to breed healthy “green” cows to meet community expectations and take a long-term outlook in their breeding program.

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Dairy’s “green cow” and the licence to operate

Health and animal welfare traits will underpin the “2030” green cow, according to the Genetics Australia chief executive Anthony Shelly.

With a focus on breeding for these traits, as well as decreasing a cow’s environmental “foot-print” providing the key the livestock industry’s future.

“The community will grant us a social licence with a particular focus on animal welfare and we will need to demonstrate our commitment to these issues,” Mr Shelly told the 2020 Genetics Australia Online Conference.

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Gains for humans, cows, and the environment: breeding the socially acceptable cow

Dairy cows could be genetically selected to produce “niche” milk to improve human health, including a component that provides some benefits of human breast milk.

Agriculture Victoria principal research scientist Professor Jennie Pryce said there was “great science” behind the opportunity to breed cows to produce human milk oligosaccharides.

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Beef on dairy rise

Up to 4 million less dairy semen straws were sold into the US market last year as producers embrace “beef-on-dairy”, according to a leading technology manufacturer.

This comes as new research showing “basically identical” conception rates between the new sexed semen product and conventional semen was unveiled to the 2020 Genetics Australian online conference audience last night.

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Breeding for adaption – the best way to future-proof dairy

“Genomics is the biggest change that can keep our industry relevant,” he said. “It opened the book for us to be able to see inside (an) animal and change that population in a very short time.”

Gene editing and genomics are breeding tools that will help the dairy industry adapt and thrive.

That’s according to World Wide Sires and Select Sires director of global training Joel Mergler.

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Consumer trends and industry threats: Australian dairy in 2030

Mail-order ice cream and dairy protein made in a science laboratory are threats facing the future of the Australian dairy industry.

And this lab-produced dairy could compete with bovine milk products on cost- with production of dairy proteins in a petri dish estimated to cost just 3c/litre.

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