Sire Selection

Brent Walker of Walkerbrae Farms (Guelph, Canada).

Walkerbrae Farms is a family run operation. They milk 100 head year round in a mixed herd of Holsteins and Jerseys. Brent is also an auctioneer, co-owning the Brubacher Sales. Walkerbrae is a twice Master Breeder Herd who have bred and shown many All-Canadian and All-American nominated cows.

Brent is also an official judge and has judged numerous shows around the world including the Holsteins and Jerseys at IDW and the Royal Winter Fair.

Brent's sire selection tips:

  • "Breeding cows and sire selection has changed some since the introduction of genomics. It is very hard to start new genomic cow families from scratch; therefore if a cow has high genomics you need to continue to breed that index.
  • At Walkerbrae, if a cow doesn't have high genomics, then she gets bred for a balance of type and production. We select bulls firstly on dairy type, as that is always harder to improve than production, but we also continuously look to increase milk flow.
  • We are currently using predominately proven bulls, with some genomic sires being used in flushes, as that is where the demand for embryos is coming from.

Current bulls in service include Sid, Seaver, Jordan, Baltimor, Braxton and Windbrook."