Buying the best and breeding them better for Aussie farmers

WinterDairy farmer: Brendon Winter
Region: Gippsland
Topic: Balanced Performance Index (BPI)

When Brendon Winter (Winaview Holsteins) uses imported Holstein semen for his herd, his main priority is to check where the bull ranks on the Australian Breeding Value system.

“Over 300 BPI (Balanced Performance Index) is the starting point,” he said about choosing sires. “Even with Australian bred bulls that’s my cut-off at the moment, but with bulls rising each year that might be 320. There are lot of things each year that will change. Even with heat tolerance, two years ago that wasn’t a thing you would look at.”

Brendon started milking cows eight years ago after completing a cabinet making apprenticeship.