Gold, Silver and Bronze in the August ABV release

Aug 15, 2016

Filling the top three BPI places on the Holstein Proven podium are GEEMCEE, his full brother WRANGLER and the health traits specialist GOLDCREST.

GEEMCEE consolidated his claim as the number one Holstein sire in the breed with an impressive 40-point lift in his BPI rating placing him 30 points ahead of his nearest genetic rival. Improved fertility, type ratings, protein yield and cell count were the factors that contributed to his lift. This Man-O-Man son from a Shottle dam comes from the same cow family as the legendary JUDGE and was bred by Rengaw Holsteins of Tasmania.

A third full bother CHALLENGER also consolidated his April ABV showing the merit of bull selection based on genomic ratings and strength of pedigrees. WRANGLER and earns his Silver medal with a lift of 13 BPI points from his April rating. Like his brother, WRANGLER improved in his type rating and also protein production.

In the Bronze medal position is GOLDCREST, the total performance sire who continues to outperform many of his younger, more fancied rivals. GOLDCREST delivers solid ratings for production, feed efficiency and cell count and is the Number 1 HWI and number 2 TWI Australian bull.

It is a great testament to Australian Breeder”s that the top 3 spots on the daughter proven BPI all stand in Australia. In fact, 7 of the top 10 daughter BPI proven bulls are all Australian bred and all are available from Genetics Australia. The performance of the emerging genomic sires is also extremely exciting with a number now adding milking daughters and will soon appear on the daughter proven lists. PICOLA, ROYALMAN and ATLEY have been very popular genomic bulls and their early data demonstrates the value in the investment made into Australian genomics.

PICOLA is a son of the veteran DELSANTO, a bull that now with thousands of milking daughters still remains in the Top 1% BPI of available Holsteins. PICOLA was bred by the Hogg Family of Adlejama Holsteins of Biggara in Northern Victoria. He has 65 daughters in his production ABV and has improved significantly on his genomic rating. At 290 BPI he emerges as the best of the new bulls available and farmers that have used the bull already would be pleased they have daughters milking now or soon to enter their herd. ROYALMAN at 287 BPI is not far behind PICOLA with 19 early milking daughters and is around 30 BPI ahead of his genomic ratings.

ATLEY has consolidated his genomic proof with 105 milking daughters and daughters inspected to date suggest he will be a real type specialist.

Former number one genomic BPI Jersey sire, RACEWAY has consolidated his daughter proof with 122 daughters making him one of the most reliable first crop Jersey sires available. Like his Holstein counterparts, he has delivered on his genomic promise with solid ratings across the board, in particular udders and workability traits. Sons of RACEWAY will be entering the genomic team in the coming 12 months.

The August Jersey genomic list is headed by SEAHORSE and closely followed by GRIFF in 3rd position. Also on the future Stars list is GLENFERRIE at 340 BPI, a very exciting young bull and he is soon to be readily available with his very first semen to be used to breed the next generation of young sires at Genetics Australia.

In the Aussie Reds, ARBOBAMA leads the proven team with a solid and balanced proof, he continues to be a popular choice for many Aussie Red breeders closely followed by veteran and internationally popular Aussie Red ARBBONJOVI. The Aussie Red young bull team has never been stronger with VFoske sons, ARBGLACIER and ARBDAIRYWEEK, both from the Beaulands herd of Ron and Sam Graham, of Nowra, NSW and ARBSPRING, a son of Tossiko, also bred by the Grahams.

Genetics Australia recently commenced our 58th year, from a genetics perspective our offering has never been stronger. We do understand that many farmers are currently experiencing a challenging period in the dairy industry and this also gives our Cooperative many challenges. We have reduced our prices across the board and also introduced additional rebates for Shareholders. While this will put additional pressure on our business, we feel it is important to deliver on our mission of providing world class, value for money genetics and we encourage all dairy farmers to include some of our leading bulls in their 2016 breeding program.

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