The future of farming is in our hands and in our genetics : April ABV report

Apr 23, 2024

The GA 2024 Today, Tomorrow and Beyond conference has shown us where the dairy and beef industries are heading, and we were left with no doubt about the vital role genetics will play in shaping future farming enterprises.

 

The conference gave us the opportunity to engage with innovators and industry leaders along with everyday farmers who want the best for their futures.

 

It gave us a level of clarity around what we need to action for the future, and one message received loud and clear was that farmers and the broader community want our agricultural systems to be sustainable.

 

Much of the conference content was focused on a sustainable future in both farming practices and animal breeding and we are excited about some of the breakthroughs that are emerging.

 

Our future is in our hands and Genetics Australia has the opportunity to influence that future with the types of products we offer. We are confident that we can deliver on that challenge.

 

There is no doubt in our minds that genetics will be critical in making Australia’s beef and dairy industries more environmentally sustainable and profitable.

 

While the conference highlighted the strong international reputation of the Australian genetics industry and exciting prospects for the future, we also honoured some of the breeders who have contributed to that success over many decades.

 

The induction of 11 breeders onto the Genetics Australia honour board illustrates what can be achieved by Australian farmers. Their bulls have had a huge impact on the national herd and many herds across the globe and we look forward to working with a new generation of dedicated breeders.

The April 2024 ABVs are another indicator of the influence Genetics Australia is having in being a leading source of genetics best suited for Australian farming systems.

This Holstein catalogue is the strongest we have ever made available. Leading the Team and in fact, the top 3 places on the daughter proven BPI list in April is PILBARA, LASTIN and SONDALO.

Congratulations to Caranda Holsteins and Redmaw Holsteins for breeding bulls of this quality, bulls that can compete with bulls from all sources.  The performance on the Genomic BPIg list of bulls is as impressive with AUSTRALIND and new inclusion POLMAX in the 1st and 2nd positions while PILBARA is Australia’s top Sustainability Index bull while GENEX bull GXVALENTINE closely follows in second position.

The team includes bulls that are having an impact through the quality of their progeny. VARLEY, our most popular bull over the last two years has another son in the team in JFROST, he joins TINAMBA and LUKIE, making a total of three VARLEY sons.

The number of bulls offering a polled option continues to grow with new bull POLMAX the leading heterozygous polled bull available while POLGARTH, a new inclusion in late 2023 now has semen available.

This Jersey and Red Breeds catalogue is the strongest we have ever made available.  Australian Jerseys are growing in demand around the world, and it is easy to see why. The highest bull in Australia with daughters milking and a publishable ABV is DOUGGAN while BORUNG is the highest overall BPI Jersey and for bulls with a greater than 85% BPI reliability ARDENT is the top bull closely followed by DOUGGAN.

Congratulations to White Star, Brookbora and Bercar Jerseys for breeding these world class bulls. We also thank the breeders of the other Jersey bulls in the team, and it is of no surprise the Australia Jerseys breeders have developed some of the best cow families in the world and we are fortunate many of the resulting bulls from these families are in the current Jersey Team.

In the Australian Reds Breed, ARBSKEETA and ARBNORMAN are the two highest bulls standing  in Australia while new Illawarra bull CNLYONS not only tops the BPI list but is also the best bull for HWI, ASI, and ASI. He will attract widespread interest and congratulations go to the Hamilton family in Mt Gambier for breeding such a top bull.

Also included in this catalogue Brown Swiss and Montbeliarde sires are listed from leading international suppliers.

You will also find exclusive GAC member specials as well as savings on volume purchases making the team not only our best but without doubt the best value.

If you would like more details on any of the bulls in the catalogue or on any service or merchandise products, please contact your Genetics Australia representative or our head office (03) 5367 3888 / [email protected]

 

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