Breeding focus delivers in spades for Tasmanian family

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.

The sexed semen result provided a boost for the family in what was otherwise a tough year with farmgate milk price cut and drought.

They ramped-up their use of sexed semen across both heifers and cows and this coming year plan to sell no bobby calves. Instead, they will use sexed semen to breed replacements and an Angus mop-up to provide calves for the local F1-market. Read more