EIGHT FARMING families who have supplied some of the best bulls to the Australian dairy industry over recent decades have been inducted on the Genetics Australia honour roll.
The new inductees were announced during Genetics Australia’s 60th anniversary dinner. There have been just 31 names added to the honour roll in the history of the organisation.
The new names on the honour roll are Bryan and Jo Dickson of Emu Banks Holsteins at Terang in south-west Victoria; Daryl and Lani Hoey of Beulah Jerseys at Katunga in northern Vic; Lynton and Lisa Broad of Broadlin Jerseys at Lockington in northern Vic; John and Vicki Lillico of Hindlee Holsteins at Smithton in Tasmania; Ian and Peter Willcocks of Manna Farm Holsteins at Yankalilla, SA; Colin and Narelle Bacon of Colnarco Jerseys at Lockington, Vic; Brian and Bill Anderson of Bundalong Holsteins at Kongwak, Vic, and George Wagner of Rengaw Holsteins at Winnaleah, Tas.
Genetics Australia’s Breeding, Genetics and Production Manager, Peter Thurn, said the honour roll recognised breeders of bulls that had made significant contributions to Genetics Australia and to the Australian dairy industry.
“They have made an outstanding contribution through the provision of elite genetics,” Mr Thurn said.
More than 120 people attended the celebratory dinner and an open day at the Parwan Park facility in Bacchus Marsh the following day.
Genetics Australia General Manager Anthony Shelly said celebrating the milestone acknowledged the foresight of those who set up the co-operative 60 years ago.
“At the same time’s we’re recognising our role today as Australia’s largest dairy artificial breeding company and a significant player in the global industry,” he said.
“We continue to be at the forefront of new and emerging technologies.”
Genetics Australia operates three properties — Parwan Park and Parwan Park South near Bacchus Marsh and Birregurra — a total of 730 hectares — and owns a herd of 350 bulls.
It was founded in 1958 as the Victorian Artificial Breeders Co-operative. The last open day was held during the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2008.