Datagene News

  • Created on: Wednesday 13 December 2017

    300 words + farmer quotes

    Dairy farmers can now breed for greater heat tolerance in their herds.

    DataGene’s December release of Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) includes the world-first Heat Tolerance ABV.

    Australian dairy farmers are familiar with the impact of hot, humid weather on their herds. Now they can add breeding to their toolbox of ways to help cows handle the heat.

  • Created on: Monday 27 November 2017
    DataGene – the dairy industry’s organisation to drive herd improvement – has hit the ground running in its first year, reported Chairman, Ross Joblin at its recent annual general meeting (9 November 2017).
  • Created on: Monday 14 August 2017

    The rising popularity of genomic (DNA) testing of female dairy cattle means DataGene’s release of Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) puts the spotlight on the top herds and cows, as well as bulls.

    DataGene’s Genetic Evaluation Manager, Michelle Axford, said the August ABV release saw more herds competing for the top genomic females lists than in the past.

  • Created on: Thursday 13 July 2017

    Gippsland dairy farmer Kevin Lockett has his herd records just where he wants them - at his fingertips. DataGene’s new mobile phone app, HerdData, gives Mr Lockett access to his herd records anywhere, any time.

  • Created on: Thursday 13 July 2017

    DataGene – the dairy industry’s new organisation to drive herd improvement – has appointed two new staff: Lucy Webb-Wilson and Erika Oakes.

  • Created on: Tuesday 11 July 2017

    For the third year in a row, a member of Elmar’s Jessica cow family has taken out the award for the top BPI award at the Victorian Winter Fair, with this year’s award going to Elmar Lauthority Jessica VG88, owned by the Hore family, Leitchville, Victoria.

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

  • Created on: Monday 10 April 2017
    This week’s release of Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) by DataGene has highlighted a trend that has seen more, young Holstein bulls of high quality coming through the ranks over the past year. The April ABV release will be the first published by DataGene, having taken on the genetic evaluation roles performed by the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS) over the past 30 years.
  • Created on: Tuesday 04 April 2017

    DataGene – the dairy industry’s new organisation to drive herd improvement – is releasing two new tools to make it easier for farmers to use herd records for management decisions.

    The HerdData App and the Herd Test Dashboard were previewed at the Herd 17 conference, held in Bendigo last week (22, 23 March). They are the first tools to be released by DataGene since it took over the roles of genetic evaluation (formerly ADHIS) and herd recording software development in 2016.

  • Created on: Tuesday 04 April 2017

    This first annual general meeting of DataGene last week (16 December), heralded a new era in herd improvement for the Australian dairy industry.

    In reporting to the meeting, CEO Dr Matt Shaffer said DataGene presented a rare opportunity for the industry to shape its future by participating in an independent and collaborative organisation that would drive genetic gain and herd improvement through research, development and extension activities.

  • Created on: Tuesday 04 April 2017

    DataGene, the dairy industry’s new organisation to drive herd improvement, has received overwhelming support with 17 organisations becoming members recently, joining foundation members Dairy Australia, Australian Dairyfarmers and NHIA.

    Chair, Ross Joblin, said the 17 new members included herd test centres, genetics companies and breed associations (refer list at end).