When it comes to international dairy genetic evaluation, Australia now plays a larger role with the election of Dr Matt Shaffer, as Chairman of the Interbull Steering Committee.
Australia has had a strong association with Interbull for more than twenty years. By exchanging evaluation information with Interbull, DataGene is able to provide predictions of genetic merit for overseas sires based on daughter performance in 35 different countries which is most helpful to provide a common ABV platform upon which to compare animals - regardless of country or company.
An Interbull participant for the past 20 years, Australia exchanges evaluation information allowing predictions of genetic merit for overseas sires based on daughter performance in 35 different countries to be converted to Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) and Indices (BPI, HWI, TPI).
Matt’s position means Australia is at the centre of global developments and well placed to stay at the forefront of dairy genetic evaluation.More information about Interbull
DataGene is an initiative of Dairy Australia and the herd improvement industry.