Playing it fair with workability

GleesonDairy farmer: Gleeson family
Region: Western Victoria
Topic: Workability reporting

Stephen Gleeson knows all too well the value of a good temperament when it comes to breeding dairy cows. 

“Good workabilities are pretty close to production when I select bulls,” he said. “It is no good having a top producing cow, if she upsets the whole run and kicks the machines off five times through milking; I can do without that.”

Stephen his sister Margaret and mum Freda run MontanaPark Jerseys, a 120-cow herd at Purnim north of Warrnambool in Western Victoria. 

The family has been recording the workability traits of heifers for 28 years, something Stephen says is vital to helping the greater industry.