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Benefits of Registration

More milk in the vat, more money in the bank

It’s true – registered cows do produce more milk! This comes from a combination of many factors, not the least being improved genetics and the improved management that comes with the joy of breeding quality cows. Industry data clearly shows the production benefits of herd recording, artificial insemination and registration. In 2009-10, herd-recorded registered cows produced 16% more milk than herd-recorded grade cows!

Registration also adds significant value to your herd. Sale data from between August 2008 and May 2010 shows the average premium for registered Holstein animals compared to grade animals was nearly $1000.* This premium increases with the depth of pedigree, production performance and superior conformation.

 Besides constant demand for replacement heifers and quality cows, there is robust export demand for heifers with a known pedigree, sound conformation and a strong production background.

Average Production of Herd-recorded Holsteins in Australia


Number
of Cows
Milk
Litres
Fat
%
Fat
kg
Protein
%
Protein
kg
Lactation
days
All 353,966 7,087 3.93 278 3.27 232 327
Pure Bred 61,226 8,039 3.82 307 3.22 259 349
Grade 292,740 6,888 3.95 272 3.29 226 322

Source: Australian Herd Recording Statistics ADHIS 2009/2010. *Holstein Australia data.