Data delivers for Brookbora breeding

Dairy farmer: Bacon familySandra Bacon
Region: Northern Victoria
Topic: DataVat

Information underpins breeding decisions at the Bacon family farm in northern Victoria.

The Jersey breeders have reams of data about their family’s Brookbora herd and that’s exactly the way they like it.

“We are overloaded on data,” Sandra Bacon explained.

“We use it for breeding. We have production data – because we herd test every month – we record all our health records, including our treatments and we have activity collars recording the rumination and each cow’s activity that assists with the management of hot days, that sort of thing. We also have genomic information and all the animal’s histories. We record as much as we can regarding the herd.”