Genomic samples key to increasing herd quality

Dairy farmer: Parkinson Family
Region: Western Victoria
Topic: Heifer genomics

Within 20 minutes the Parkinson family have collected tissue samples from about 40 calves for genomic testing. And that’s calves in outdoor pens, on a rainy day at
Kirkstall in Western Victoria.

With a herd of up to 2,500 cows – calving from February through to early August – regular sampling has become a part of the Parkinsons’ farm routine.