Emu Banks tops Winter Fair highest BPI

Emu Banks Guthrie Jackie (VG89), owned by the Dickson family of South West Victoria has taken out the award for the Highest BPI Female at the 2022 Victorian Winter Fair.

Peter Thurn presents Bryan Dickson with the award for the Highest BPI Milking Female
DataGene’s Peter Thurn presents Bryan Dickson with
the award for the Highest BPI Milking Female at the
Victorian Winter Fair.  

The Balanced Performance Index (BPI) Highest Female Award was presented by DataGene in collaboration with Holstein Australia and the Winter Fair Committee.

The Balanced Performance Index (BPI) as a measure of a Australian dairy animal’s genetic merit for the combination traits that to contribute to a profitable business including production, health and fertility, overall type and feed efficiency.

Of all the milking females entered in the Winter Fair, Guthrie Jackie had the top BPI calculated by DataGene in the April 2022 genetic evaluations. At BPI 311, she sits in the top 1% of Australian Holstein females.

Peter Thurn from DataGene said that Guthrie Jackie represented the sort of cows many Australian dairy farmers aspired to breed.

“Most dairy farmers want to breed cows that will have long, productive lives in their herd. To do this they need a combination of traits for profitable production and strong conformation and the genes to produce the next generation of great cows,” Peter said.

Guthrie Jackie’s high BPI comes from an exceptionally high Protein Australian Breeding Value (ABV) and well above average ABVs for health traits such as Cell Count, Daughter Fertility, Mammary System and Survival. 

“We congratulate the Dickson family on their success in breeding outstanding cows and presenting them at the Winter Fair,” he said.

Not only does Guthrie Jackie have a big BPI she also performs in the showring. Standing fourth in her class behind the Winter Fair champion cow.

With so many young females now genomic tested, DataGene this year introduced an award for the Highest BPI Junior animal at the Winter Fairy. This went to Avonlea Sidekickanna, exhibited by the Gardiner family of Western Victoria.

Peter Williams presents Luke Gardiner with the award for the Highest BPI Junior animal
DataGene’s Peter Williams presents Luke Gardiner
with the award for the Highest BPI Junior animal
at the 2022 Victorian Winter Fair with
Avonlea Sidekickanna.

At just 16 months old, Avonlea Sidekickanna’s genomic results provide detailed insight into her future performance. She  boasts a BPI of 322, putting her in the top 1% of Holstein females. Contributing to her high BPI are high ABVs for Protein, Fat, Cell Count and Survival.

For more information contact: DataGene 1800 841 848 or enquiries@datagene.com.au or www.datagene.com.au.

DataGene is an initiative of Dairy Australia and the herd improvement industry.