Genomics and breeding underpin dairy business

Dairy farmer: Sam SimpsonSam Simpson
Region: Western Victoria
Topic: Heifer genomics

Sam Simpson’s dairy breeding philosophy has always been simple – increase the components in the vat and make sure each cow stays in the herd long enough to deliver the business a return on its investment.

After all, she said, these were the profit drivers of a commercial dairy farm.

Now, thanks to genomic testing, breeding delivers much more value.

“We are seeing a lot more information and are able to breed an animal that is better at putting milk into the vat with high components with less effort on our part,” she said.