Region: Gippsland, Victoria
Topic: Genomic testing, parentage verification
Making accurate breeding decisions doesn’t have to be hard work. Just ask Holstein breeder Les White.
The Leongatha South dairy farmer has used genomics to cull the bottom 10% of his family’s dairy herd for the best part of the past decade.
He also uses the technology to verify parentage of calves – to avoid any mix-ups in the calving paddock – and to accurately identify sires used in the family’s artificial breeding program, as they always inseminate embryos with two semen straws from different sires.