Genomics guide decisions for Gippsland family farm

Huw Evans standing in a paddock with his black and white heifersDairy farmer: Evans Family
Region: Gippsland
Topic: Heifer genomics

Retaining a group of heifers, originally earmarked for the export market, unwittingly helped one Gippsland dairy farmer conduct his own experiment on the value of genomics.

Four years ago, Huw Evans and his family took samples from 80 heifers for their first try at genomic testing.

It was also the first year the family operation at Wuk Wuk near Lindenow had generated surplus heifers and they wanted to be sure they were keeping their best animals as replacements.