Genomics fast tracks herd performance

Dairy farmers: Shane and Lauren Gardiner

Region: South Australia

Topic: Genomics

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.

The couple manages a 250-cow dairy for Lorebeck Partnership at Mount Gambier in South Australia. The Lorebeck herd split calves in February and August and is run on 70ha of irrigation and 110ha over winter.

Shane decided to try genomic testing after hearing about the technology and how farmers were using the data to make better breeding and culling decisions at a DairySA Innovation Day in Mount Gambier in 2015. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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