The January proof release clearly shows an increased rate of genetic gain for the Holstein breed in Australia, according to Rohan Butler, Holstein Australia’s Genetic Improvement and Research Manager. “In genetic terms if we are getting things right the newest generation of heifers should start to replace the older cows on our lists, which is happening increasingly frequently. The real news though is the overall BPI gain across the board,” says Rohan.
As another year comes to an end and we look forward to spending time with family and friends its time to reflect on the year that was and what is important to us all - Patrick Glass, President Holstein Australia.
Holstein Australia has launched its Herd Genetic Stocktake report, a new service available to members who have sufficient herd recording data. The report provides an overview of an individual herd’s genetic profile.
The bringing together of Holstein Australia, DataGene, Jersey Australia and National Herd Improvement Association at Dairy House, within the AgriBio building in Bundoora was officially announced at an event for staff earlier this month.
Vala Quantum Nady-IMP-ET, owned by Alex Arena, Vala Holsteins, has set a new Australian BPI benchmark in the December 2018 proof release with 436BPI, going straight to the top of the cow and heifer lists.
The Board of Holstein Australia are delighted to share with Holstein enthusiasts the 25 years from 1989 through to our 2014 Centenary in Gerald Boyd-Clark’s book, A Quarter Century History of Holstein Australia, launched at the National Awards Dinner in Hobart last month. The book is now available to order direct from Holstein Australia.
We have a position available for a motivated person to join our classification team. The successful applicant will become a member of our classification team, and would suit someone with a passion for the outdoors, travelling, working with dairy livestock and helping dairy farmers.
The Holstein office will close on Friday 21 December at 4.30pm and re-open at 8.30am on Wednesday 2 January. On behalf of the Board and everyone in the office we wish you and your family a safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. To all our members Thank You for your support throughout 2018.
NATIONAL DAIRY YOUTH CAMP RESCHEDULED. Due to the time factor involved in getting the National Dairy Youth Camp up and running in January, the decision has been taken to reschedule the camp to April 2019. This will allow the best possible program to be put together with full industry support.
Amabel Grinter from Muckatah, Victoria, completed her 2018 Holstein UK Exchange in style as part of the Lancashire team that won top showmanship & calf teams and overall top team for eighth consecutive year at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show.
Planning to attend the National Awards Dinner, AGM, or both? If so you need to download and complete the Registration Form by this Friday, 19th October. We can also assist you with travel arrangements. Just let us know by ticking the relevant box on the form and we’ll be in touch.
The Holstein Australia Online Showcase Sale, scheduled to take place on 15th November 2018 in Hobart following the Association’s AGM, has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
The Western District Dairy Youth Camp for 8 to 16 year olds will be held over 3 days at the Noorat Showgrounds from 6th – 9th January 2019. Camp enrolments are now open.Numbers are strictly limited, so make sure to get in early to reserve your spots. An adult must accompany children aged 8 to 10 years.
Have you ever wanted to visit Holstein competitions and breeders in Europe? Now could be your opportunity. Holstein Australia member Declan Patten, Cutting Edge Genetics, is organizing a two week trip to Europe next year taking in the All-European Championship in Libramont and visits to breeders in Belgium, Germany and Holland. The trip leaves Melbourne on 9 April and returns on 21 April 2019.
Holstein Canada’s National Coordinator for Classification, Bruno Jubinville, recently spent two weeks in Australia working with Holstein Australia’s classification team and updating the Board and Breed Development & Conformation Committee on changes to the Canadian Classification System. Here we talk to him about his time downunder and the Australian Holstein Cow
21 September 2018. Monday 15th October sees the Andes Holsteins 2nd Stage Dispersal Sale take place on farm at St Germains, Victoria. Featuring 140 Registered Holsteins, 85 spring calved, the cows for sale have produced 11,779 litres, 368kg protein and 412kg fat.
The first stage of our move to the AgriBio building in Bundoora is now complete. Please bear with us while building work is finished and we relocate internally within the building. Our new address is Holstein Australia, AgriBio, 5 Ring Road, Bundoora, Vic, 3083.
4 September 2018. We have a vacancy for a Member Services Officer in the Melbourne office. If you enjoy dairy animal pedigrees and enjoy working with farmers we want to hear from you.
9 August 2018. Following the success of the 2017 UK Exchange, Holstein Australia has announced Amabel Grinter from Muckatah, Northern Victoria, as the 2018 winner.
2 August 2018. With Tasmania on track to produce a record 900 million litres of milk this season, Holstein Australia has decided to hold its Annual General Meeting and National Awards Dinner in Hobart.
3 August 2018. Thursday 16 August sees the 2nd stage complete milking dispersal of the renowned Willette & Foxdale Registered Holstein herds on farm at Tocumwal, NSW.
15 June 2018. There is still time to enter the 2017/18 Semex-Holstein Australia All-Australian Photographic Competition with entries closing on 30 June.
13 June 2018. Every month Holstein Australia publishes two lists of genomically tested registered females, one being the best females with a first genomic breeding value, the other being the top list of all genomic tested females.
6 June 2018. Since the announcement that new service fees will come into effect on July 1 Sub-Branch representatives and members have been in consultation with management and the Board. Following those discussions the Board of Holstein Australia has decided to defer the introduction of scaled fees based on the age of the animal at the time of registration until July 2019, originally planned for next month.
28 May 2018. As you may know, Holstein Australia has been redeveloping its website to provide a better user experience and make it easier for you to interact with the Association and access essential members services and information.
28 May 2018. Holstein Australia and Holstein UK have again joined forces to provide a young and aspiring Holstein breed enthusiast with a trip to the UK during September and October this year.
28 May 2018. Holstein Australia member, Total Livestock Genetics (TLG), has won a 2018 AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Award. Hosted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai earlier this month, twelve awards were presented recognising businesses that have performed with excellence and demonstrated commercial success in Australia and/or Greater China over the past year.
28 May 2018. It’s a story of a different kind of royal family, proving type-leading success is about to take the Holstein world by storm. Eclipse Milio is a Wilt Emilio son from Eclipse Octane Princess 13 (VG85 as 2YO with VG86-MS) x VG88 Atwood (2nd lact) x EX90 Damion x VG89 Goldwyn x EX95 Outside.
27 April 2018. Holstein Australia member Dean Malcolm recently judged at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo at Carlisle in the lead-up to his associate judging role at the World Dairy Expo (WDE) at Madison in October. Dean has not judged a great deal within Australia to date, but after passing the US Holstein judging school at the Southern Nationals in Silverwater (OKC) in mid-2017, he received the two international appointments for 2018.
27 April 2018. If you are in the SW Riverina area of New South Wales, Tassie or North East, North West or Northern Victoria next month could be the time to catch up with your class with bookings now being made for the Classification tour in these districts.
3 April 2018. The National Judges Refresher course due to be held at Murribrook Holsteins Moss Vale NSW on Friday 27th April has been postponed. The organising committee apologise for any inconvenience caused and intend to hold the school during August.