Genomic testing of females has the potential to enable a quantum leap in genetic gain in the Australian dairy herd. The Accelerating Heifer Genomics Project aims to significantly increase uptake of genomic testing of heifers so that it becomes a routine practice on most Australian dairy farms.
Dairy Australia and DataGene are leading the project, which has three components of work:
- Improving farmers’ experience with testing by cutting the turnaround time to receive genomic results from eight weeks to four.
- Investigate possible incentives for testing through a pre-competitive coalition between service providers and industry.
- A communication and extension campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of heifer genomic testing and assist farmers to make informed decisions using their results. Read more