MORE THAN 300 people from across Australia descended upon Jelbart Dairy at Leongatha South last month on the day the rain came to hear how genomics had directly influenced the profitability of farmers involved in the ImProving Herds project.
The ImProving Herds project analysed the herd and financial records from 27 commercial dairy farms. The results showed that making breeding decisions based on data pays.
Project leader, Dr Jennie Pryce, said the project provided concrete evidence that cows with a high Balanced Performance Index (BPI) perform better under Australian conditions. The BPI is Australia’s economic index of genetic merit of dairy cattle.
“On average, the top 25% of cows in a herd (based on BPI) produced a margin over feed and herd costs of $300 more than the bottom 25%,” she said.
The easiest thing farmers can do to improve genetic gain in their herd is to breed replacements from bulls that carry the Good Bulls logo.
Good Bulls meet DataGene’s minimum criteria for Balanced Performance Index, reliability and are available for purchase.
“There is a wide range of Good Bulls, giving farmers plenty of choice for Good Bulls that meet their priorities for specific traits, budget and company preferences,” Dr Pryce said.