Dairy farmers and industry people are encouraged to have their say about the industry’s National Breeding Objective (NBO), by filling in a survey before January 20.
DataGene’s Michelle Axford said the NBO described the agreed collective breeding priorities for the Australian dairy industry.
It is currently expressed as the Balanced Performance Index (BPI), Health Weighted Index (HWI) and Type Weighted Index (TWI).
“The NBO is formally reviewed once every five years so now is the opportunity for people to tell us about the kind of cow they want to breed,” Mrs Axford said.
“Since their introduction in 2015, there has been a positive and sustained use of the BPI, HWI and TWI by farmers and bull companies. This has contributed to a doubling of the rate of genetic gain in the sires used to produce Australian cows.”
Mrs Axford said the review was important to ensure the national breeding objective remained relevant to farmer preferences and is based on robust science.
Some of the themes explored in this review include: fat:protein ratio, longevity, fertility, feed efficiency, new traits, multiple indices and updating the base,
To complete the survey, visit www.datagene.com.au and follow the quick link on the home page.
For more information contact: DataGene (03) 9032 7191 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.datagene.com.au