Top cow on multiple fronts

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.

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

With a BPI of 334, Sid Alicia 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 an HWI of 231 and TWI of 301.

Dr Matt Shaffer from DataGene said Sid Alicia was the sort of cows many Australian dairy farmers aspired to breed.

“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 Polson family on their success in breeding outstanding cows and presenting them at the Winter Fair,” he said.

The Polsons’ Winter Fair successes included supreme junior champion, taken out by Mario Park Solomon Midas (owned by eight-year old Lochie Polson) and reserve champion in the intermediate section with Mario Park Atwood Midas

Jane Polson said that while the family was passionate about breeding, genetics was increasingly important to their business.

“The pleasure we get from breeding helps us get through dark times and the cash flow from the sale of embryos, bulls and heifers has helped us get the loans to buy the property of Murray’s parents.”

Peter Williams, DataGene, presents TBA Polson with the award for the 2018 Winter Fair Top BPI Holstein award which went to Mario Park Sid Alicia Ex-92-2 (photo by Sophie Baldwin).
Peter Williams, DataGene, presents TBA Polson with the award for the 2018 Winter Fair Top BPI Holstein award which went to Mario Park Sid Alicia Ex-92-2 (photo by Sophie Baldwin).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

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