Farmer Case studies

Managing mastitis makes sense

Tim Humphris chooses bulls via the Good Bulls Guide App, ranking on Balanced Performance Index (BPI) and then filtering for various traits. The number one trait was fertility, but now mastitis resistance is a high priority.

Data-driven growth in Gippsland

For Tom Kent, genomic (DNA) testing would provide a deeper herd dataset and a way to determine an animal’s expected performance before it even enters the milking herd.

Simplicity at its finest

Paul Moloney doesn’t believe dairy farming needs to be complicated.

At his Terang farm, simplicity is the key, and this approach underpins his breeding decisions. He wants cows with good fertility, longevity and he needs them to thrive on pasture.

Recording helps measure performance for Larpent family

Having data at their finger-tips helps Ross and Jacqui Suares make objective farm business decisions. The Larpent dairy farmers operate Calderbrae Holsteins, a Master Breeder herd, which peaks at 180 cows across 100 hectares.

Breeding made easier thanks to bull selection app

Developing a herd of equal stature has meant some careful breeding decisions for the Hill family.

The dairy farmers from South Riana in Tasmania inherited a crossbred herd when they bought the farm five years ago.

Data helps with the drought

Cliff family, East Gippsland March 2019

DATA has helped the Cliff family from East Gippsland better negotiate drought.

Breeding focus delivers in spades for Tasmanian family

Stuart and Kylie Nailer, December 2018

A trial of sexed semen three years ago ignited one Tasmanian dairy farming family's passion for breeding and laid a foundation for the business's future. 

Since 2014 the herd has recorded a 425% rise in Balanced Performance Index (BPI), a measure of the traits that contribute to profitable dairy businesses. It now sits at about $105.

App takes the stress out of herd management

Allen Hooke, October 2018 

Accurate and up-to-date paper work is crucial for all dairy farmers.

But as a farm manager, Allen Hook says the ability to keep precise records is what keeps him in a job. 

Workability and calving ease data adds value to business decisions

Darren and Sharon Parrish, February 2018

Darren and Sharon Parrish use Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) for workability and calving ease to help run a productive and profitable dairy business and make better
decisions on their farm at Bodalla, on the New South Wales south coast.

Heat Tolerance over the moon at Nanango

Ian and Cathy Scott, December 2017

Ian and Cathy Scott from Nanango, Queensland will be looking for bulls to use over their dairy herd that are above average for the new Heat Tolerance Australian Breeding Value (ABV).

The quest for the ultimate commercial cow

Craig Lister, September 2017 (Dairy News Australia)

In September 2017 Dairy News Australia published an article on how Ginfo farmer Craig Lister uses his genomic results.

Breeding cows better suited to our farming environment

Shane Gardiner, December 2017

Shane Gardiner from the Lorebeck Partnership in Mt Gambier SA is looking forward to being able to breed cows a little better suited to his farming environment with DataGene’s release of the Heat Tolerance Australian Breeding Value (ABV) in December 2017.

Breeding for heat tolerance

Trevor Parrish, December 2017

When bull buying clients started asking Holstein breeder Trevor Parrish about the new Heat Tolerance ABV, he knew he had to make sure he was breeding what his customers wanted.

Breeding program to help in the heat

Ross Gordon, December 2017

A new Heat Tolerance ABV will be one consideration when choosing bulls to use over the 640 cows in the Gorbro Holstein herd run by the Gordon family at Cohuna in Northern Victoria.

Phone app fills missing link

Ken and Bonnie Ravenhill, December 2017

Mobile technology is making it much easier to keep track of cow records – just ask WA Holstein breeder Ken Ravenhill (Moonaralla Holsteins).

Good Bulls app streamlines choices

Con Glennon, December 2017

DataGene’s Good Bulls app is streamlining bull selection and cutting out the hype when it comes to identifying the best dairy genetics and its proving to be a be valuable tool for herd improvement advisors, resellers and dairy farmers.

Does genetics pay in practice?

Paul and Lisa Mumford, December 2017

The high genetic merit cows in Paul and Lisa Mumford’s herd contribute $282 more profit per cow every year than their lower genetic merit herd-mates.

Informed decisions at Fleyas

Geoff and Jessica Fleming, December 2017

Jessica Fleming loves herd testing – not because of the work involved, but for the information it generates on the cows. So getting extra information in the form of the DataGene Herd Test Dashboard free with the May herd test figures was a huge bonus.

HerdData app simpler than pen and paper

Jolley Family, December 2017

Paper and pen records may soon be replaced by keeping farm records on a mobile phone, according to South Australian dairy farmer Debbie Jolley.

Better use of farm time with phone app

Nick and Simone Renyard, December 2017

Western Victorian dairy farmer Nick Renyard is making better use of his time on the farm thanks to DataGene’s HerdData mobile phone app.

HerdData puts everyone on same page

Heather Campbell, December 2017

The HerdData app is used in both the family’s and the Hentys’ herds as a way of allowing easy access to cow records and to streamline recording information such as animal health treatments and calving records.

Genomics fast tracks herd performance

Shane and Lauren Gardiner, December 2017

In the past two years, Shane and Lauren Gardiner have used genomic testing to confirm parentage details, improve the genetic merit of replacement heifers, make culling decisions earlier and run more milking cows.

Dashboard drives cow decisions

Peta Barlow, December 2017

Gippsland dairy farmer Peta Barlow knows about herd testing – from both sides of the fence. Peta works at Yarram Herd Services and also runs a 130- cow dairy herd at nearby Jack River that is herd tested 12 times a year.

Farm facts at his fingertips 

Kevin Lockett, July 2017

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

Ginfo herd insights: Bonnie View

Ray Howe and Stuart Seabrook, May 2017 (Holstein Journal)

In May 2017 the Holstein Journal published an article on on the Ginfo results for Ray and Sue Howe’s Bonnie View herd.