Datagene News

  • Created on: Monday 13 August 2018

    With seasonal conditions and higher feed costs hitting hard in many areas, dairy farmers will be looking for value for money in bulls listed in DataGene’s August release of Australian Breeding Values (ABVs).

    The good news is it’s possible to buy semen on a budget without compromising genetic gain.

  • Created on: Monday 13 August 2018

    With Autumn-calved heifers well settled into the dairy, now is the time for farmers to send in their workability reports.

    Whether she’s a kicker, a slow milker or a delight to have in the dairy, DataGene wants to know.

  • Created on: Monday 13 August 2018

    With DataGene’s latest release of Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) out this week (13 August), dairy farmers have one more good reason – worth about $300 per cow – to focus on Balanced Performance Index (BPI) when selecting bulls.

    The BPI is a blend of ABVs for the traits that influence a dairy cow’s contribution to the farm business: production, fertility, functional type, survival, cell count, workability and feed saved.

  • Created on: Wednesday 25 July 2018

    It’s official. Western Victoria has some of the best dairy genes in the country. And they were celebrated at the Great South West Dairy Awards earlier this month (11 July) with awards presented by DataGene.

    For the third year running, Bryan and Jo Dickson (Emu Banks, Terang) took out the top Holstein herd. Their 1000-cow herd averages a BPI of 133, ranking equal fifth in Australia.

  • Created on: Wednesday 25 July 2018

    Mario Park Sid Alicia Ex-92-2, owned by Oxley Vale, NSW breeder, Murray Polson, has taken out the award for the top BPI Holstein at the 2018 Victorian Winter Fair. She also came third in the 6yo class, proving she’s a top performer on multiple fronts.

    Of all the females entered in the Winter Fair, Sid Alicia had the top BPI calculated by DataGene in the April 2018 genetic evaluations.

  • Created on: Wednesday 16 May 2018

    Last week (10 May), more than 300 people from across Australia descended upon Jelbart Dairy at Leongatha South to hear the results of the ImProving Herds project and the experiences of the farmers involved.

    Project leader, Dr Jennie Pryce, said the popularity of the day was a strong sign of the level of interest in herd improvement and how it contributes to the bottom line of dairy businesses.

  • Created on: Monday 14 May 2018

    After several recent parentage failures of his progeny, DataGene has now received a new genotype for Beulah Tahbilk (TAHBILK). After investigation, it appears that a sampling or data entry error somewhere between sample collection and entry onto the system has led to an incorrect genotype being linked to this bull several years ago.

  • Created on: Friday 11 May 2018

    Read about what happened at the National Muster on the 10th May at Jelbart Dairy.

  • Created on: Friday 06 April 2018

    The rate of genetic gain in the Australian dairy herd has almost doubled in the past decade, according to a recent analysis.

    DataGene announced the results with its April release of Australian Breeding Values (ABVs).

    Michelle Axford, DataGene Genetic Evaluation Manager, looked at the rate of genetic gain for Balanced Performance Index (BPI) in Australian Holsteins in 5-year time blocks, based on the BPI of the sires of cows.

  • Created on: Wednesday 13 December 2017

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    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.