Jessicas top BPI three years running (July 2017, 425 words)

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.

Of all the females entered in the Winter Fair, Lauthority Jessica had the top BPI calculated by DataGene in the April 2017 genetic evaluations.

With a BPI of 271, Lauthority Jessica is well above the Holstein breed average, putting her in the top 1% of Australian herd recorded Holstein cows based on genetic merit for profit. She is also among the best in the country for health and type with a HWI of 188 and TWI of 309.

Xhead: Highest BPI genomic heifer

This year saw the addition of a new award for the Highest BPI Heifer in the Winter Fair, which went to Emu Banks Christmas Jennifer 8550, owned by the Dickson family, Terang Victoria.

Not quite a year old when shown, Christmas Jennifer has a BPI of 254, HWI of 192 and TWI of 257, placing her in the top 1% of the country and well ahead of other heifers in the Winter Fair.

Dr Matt Shaffer from DataGene said Lauthority Jessica and Christmas Jennifer were the sort of cows many Australian dairy farmers aspired to breed.

“At the end of the day, 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,” Matt said.

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

For more information contact: Peter Williams, DataGene field services 03 9032 7191 or enquiries@datagene.com.au. (media inquiries: Lee-Ann Monks lmonks@datagene.com.au; 07 5450 0946)

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

Top BPI animals in the 2017 Victorian Winter Fair

 

Birthdate

BPI

HWI

TWI

Owner

Cows

Elmar Lauthority Jessica VG88

2/1/2012

271

188

309

Hore family, Leitchville Vic

Beclah Park Dempsey Nola-ET VG87

17/7/2012

269

212

281

Gordon family, Cohuna, Vic

Gorbro Gypsy Fever-ET VG89

1/7/2012

268

208

313

Gordon family, Cohuna, Vic

Heifers

Emu Banks Christmas Jennifer 8550

28//7/16

254

192

257

Dickson family, Terang, Vic

Fleyas Doorman Lotus ET

7/9/15

157

136

218

Fleming family, Gorae West, Vic

Fleyas Malone Jayne-ET-Red

14/9/16

153

126

168

Fleming family, Gorae West, Vic

Elmar Lauthority Jessica, received DataGene’s award for the top BPI animal in the 2017 Victorian Winter Fair with Brady Hore (Elmar Holsteins) and Peter Williams from DataGene.
Emu Banks Christmas Jennifer 8550 received DataGene’s award for the top BPI genomically tested heifer, presented by Lucy Webb-Wilson, DataGene to Rachel and Jo Dickson, Emu Banks Holsteins, Terang, Victoria .