Entries are now open for the Holstein Australia Youth Challenge which takes place at International Dairy Week on Sunday 19th January 2020. A highlight of the dairy youth calendar, entries are open to dairy youth groups, breed societies (national teams) Sub-Branch areas or state-based teams. Open to all breeds, participation of youth representing all Australian dairy breeds is actively encouraged.
Featuring some of the world’s leading maternal lines the heifers on offer at the Vala Holsteins Spring Feature 2019 include daughters of cows classified to EX with dams that complete up to 13 generations of EX & VG, direct daughters from dams to 42 SBC and dams that have produced to 19,107 litres, 645 kg protein and 913 kg fat. The sale takes place on-farm at Vala Holsteins, 1350 River Road, Toolamba, Victoria, 3614 at 11am Thursday 31st October 2019.
Holstein Australia has announced the appointment of new Director, Philip Hall, to the Holstein Australia Board for a three year term. Patrick Glass of Kerrick Park Holsteins, Gundowring, Victoria, returns as Federal President reappointed for a third 12-month term. Toria Patten of Ryanna Holsteins, Maffra, Victoria, takes up one of the three Non-regional representative positions on the Association’s Strategic Directions Committee.
We're looking for Services Extension Officer. If you are a cow person as well as a people person, like spending time with breeders and farmers and have an interest in making all things dairy just that little bit better, easier and straightforward, then Holstein Australia would like to hear from you.
A National Dairy Youth Camp for 16 to 20 year olds, to be held at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, is being planned for January 2020. The camp will have a focus on assisting young dairy men and women to identify and explore career pathways in the industry in addition to working with animals in preparation for a show on the final day.
It’s back! For the fifth year running the Western Districts Sub-Branch is hosting a dairy youth camp in January for 10 to 16 year olds at the Noorat Showgrounds. Last year’s camp, the biggest yet, had 54 participants and concentrated on building the skills of the next generation of young dairy enthusiasts.
Orchard Vale Informer Tiffany-ET(g) EX91-1E, a fourteen year old Black & White Holstein owned by Master Breeder Gorbro Holsteins of Cohuna, Victoria, has been named the 2019 Holstein Australia Cow of the Year. She is a past On-Farm Challenge Victorian State Champion and has 25 daughters in milk with a best lactation average PI of 120.4. She has 33 direct daughters including two at EX91; five at VG88; 24 VG daughters and three GP daughters.
The October proof run sees Dixie Park Hitest Bluey 4609, owned by Matt Glennen (Dixie Park Farm Trust) and Marcus Rees, tops the New Genomic Females list with 366 BPI, enter the Top Young Genomic Females list at number 4 and come in at number 8 on the all-time Top Genomic Females list.
A Holstein bull that has had a huge impact on the breed has been recognised with a new award and special resting place. Bundalong Marks Medallion, which died in June, just shy of its 14th birthday, after siring thousands of daughters, has been named the first Holstein Australia Legend of the Breed, with the award presented to Brian & Bill Anderson by Genetics Australia's Anthony Shelly.
Streamed live from Gippsland’s RACV Inverloch Resort to prospective purchasers around Australia, and with considerable interest both online and in the room, 17 premium registered Holsteins sold for an average of $3,533. Top Price of $8,000 was achieved by Winaview Superhero Alicia 1372, with second top price of $6,000 achieved by Gorbro Ramuno Tiffany-ET (whose grand-dam, Orchard Vale Informer Tiffany, won 2019 Holstein Australia Cow of the Year at the National Awards Dinner which followed the sale.
Consistency is the name of the game for the September proofs in the Top 20 Young Genomic Female (from 31.07.2017) list with Hindlee Jeronimo PB Dallas 19004 (372 BPI), Vala Quantum Nady (366 BPI) and Wilara Perseus Jo (356 BPI) holding the top three spots. On the overall Top Genomic Females list, Purnim Moneyman Shasnah moves from number four to number two position with an increase from 374 BPI (August 2019) to 382 BPI.
Eighteen premium Registered Holsteins will go under the hammer in Holstein Australia’s Online Showcase Sale on Wednesday 18th September, streamed live from Gippsland’s RACV Inverloch Resort, venue for the Holstein Australia AGM and National Awards Dinner which take place on the same day. Holstein Australia CEO, Graeme Gillan, says that the sale showcases elite Australian-bred Holstein genetics at a time when recent member sales have highlighted the premium value attached to Registered Holstein cows by purchasers.
This weekend sees Australia’s first European Young Breeders School team take to the ring in Battice, Belgium. On the eve of the team’s departure Holstein Australia caught up with team leader, Justin Johnston of Glomar Holsteins, about his hopes for the event and the wide-ranging dairy industry support for the initiative.
The 2019 AGM will be held at the RACV Inverloch Resort in Gippsland on Wednesday 18 September 2019, commencing at 10.00am. The Notice of Annual General Meeting, Proxy Form and Minutes of the previous AGM can be accessed by following this link.
The August proof run sees Hindlee Holsteins, owned by John and Vicki Lillico, make its mark with Hindlee Jeronimo PB Dallas 19004 (375 BPI) coming in straight at the top of the New Genomic Females list and Young Genomic Heifers lists, and at No. 2 on the Top Twenty Genomic Females (irrespective of age) list. Hindlee Holsteins dominated the New Genomic Females list with nine entries. The other big story is the arrival of Jeronimo - 29HO18698 ABS Jeronimo P - sire to thirteen of the top twenty new genomic females. The highest heterozygous polled sire, Jeronimo at 381 BPI is also the third highest Holstein genomic sire.
During the first part of July Holstein Australia’s Genetic Improvement and Research Manager, Rohan Butler, took part in the China Dairy Expo and Mission as part of an Austrade Australian Trade mission, reporting back that the trip struck a great balance between information gathering and meeting potential clients for Australian Holsteins, semen and dairy products.
Following a successful trial earlier this year Holstein Australia has now launched its Herd Genetic Stocktake report. Available free to members with enough herd recording data, the Herd Genetic Stocktake is designed to assist with making better informed breeding decisions, accelerating genetic improvement and breeding program progress review.
Oakley Henry from Wilara Holsteins in Gippsland Victoria is preparing to head off to the UK for the Holstein Australia Youth UK Exchange in September following the withdrawal of WA’s Tahlia McSwain from the 2019 program. Holstein Australia CEO, Graeme Gillan, says: “Unfortunately Tahlia has had to withdraw from the exchange for personal reasons, and all at Holstein Australia wish her and her family well. In Oakley we have a fantastic replacement, which really underlines the quality, strength and depth of candidates for the 2019 exchange. He is clearly focused on building a future in the dairy industry and is heavily involved with Wilara’s successful breeding program. I’m sure Oakley’s time in the UK, and the experience gained, will be a great next step in his young career.”
Nominations for Holstein Australia Federal Positions open on Monday 29th July and close on Monday 12th August, with nominations invited for two director positions on the Holstein Australia National Board, two Breed Development & Conformation Committee positions and one All Australian Selection Committee postion.
With the July 2019 proof run we see another herd put itself forward with 5 of the top 20 new heifers. Barry Coster from Bellbrook Holsteins says: “This is a PB for us and it’s great to see our prefix mixing it with the best. This also doesn’t come from just one cow family but five different families which really gives us plenty of options to work with."
From 1st July there will be a new registration requirement and associated fee that includes mandatory genomic testing and transfer for males. The genomic testing of males and the subsequent parentage verification will further strengthen the integrity of the Australian Herdbook and provide greater confidence and certainty in the animal’s pedigree.
This year Holstein Australia is heading to Inverloch for our Annual General Meeting and National Awards Night to be held at the RACV Inverloch Resort near Cape Paterson on Wednesday 18th September. Registrations are now open, closing on Friday 30th August.
The June 2019 proof run of top new heifers saw Calister Holsteins (Craig & Sharon Lister) and Dilee Holsteins (Les & Russ White) dominate the New Genomic Females list with six and five heifers respectively in the top twenty.
On Sunday, 26th May 2019, past & present Holstein breeders & their families gathered at Far North Queensland’s Malanda Hotel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the North Queensland Holstein Friesian Association – the Atherton & North Queensland Sub-Branch.
Fourth-generation dairy farmer, Tahlia McSwain, from Chapman Hill in Western Australia has been announced as the 2019 Holstein Australia Youth UK Exchange winner. Funded by Holstein Australia, in partnership with Holstein UK, the exchange begins in late September.
Have you entered this year’s Semex-Holstein Australia All-Australian Photographic Competition? Entries close on 30th June. The competition recognises excellence in conformation and showing and is open to all Holstein Australia Herdbook and Appendix 1,2 and 3 females that have been successfully shown throughout the year.
The appropriately named Bevandale Holsteins Top End Sale takes place on Thursday 6 June at the Malanda Showgrounds in Far North Queensland. Featuring 100 Holsteins from this Master Breeder herd (58 milking and dry cows, 26 pregnant heifers, 13 unjoined heifers and 3 working age bulls) many influential families are represented, with cows classified to Excellent and many scored VG including two VG 2-year olds who sell dry and ready to freshen for a second time.
The May 2019 proof run of top new heifers saw Redmaw Holsteins (Jared & Courtney Ireland) take out the top two positions with Redmaw Percy Lautamay 2425-ET (355 BPI) and Redmaw Percy Lautamay 2428-ET (340 BPI). Redmaw Superhero Lautamay 2429-ET (306 BPI) and Redmaw Percy Lautamay 2426-ET (297 BPI) came in at number ten and twelve respectively on the same list.
In what has been a challenging selling season for some time now three recent sales have bucked the trend, underlining the value attached to Registered cattle. “All three of these breeders have registered animals over the longer term. Registration though is not just a benefit to be realised when you sell. The most recent herd recording statistics from DataGene show that registered Holsteins produce over 860 litres more milk per year than grade animals, so the added value is there all the way down the line," says Graeme Gillan.
Holstein Australia, Jersey Australia and the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria are pleased to announce the first ever Australian team to compete at the European Young Breeders School, to be held in Battice, Belgium in August this year. The team members, selected after a rigorous application and interview process, come from five dairying regions across three states and represent a number of dairy breeds.
The search is on for the Holstein Australia 2019 Youth UK exchange scholarship recipient, with applications now open. The scholarship winner will visit and work on dairy farms throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, staying with Holstein UK members, visit AI companies and businesses allied with the UK dairy industry and take part in two of the UK’s biggest dairy events of the year. Applications close 31May 2019.
Vendor entries are now open for the Holstein Australia Online Showcase Sale 2019 which will form the centrepiece of this year’s AGM and National Awards Dinner at the RACV Inverloch Resort in Gippsland. Contact the Holstein Australia office on (03) 9835 7600, firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrew Mackie, DLS on 0419 595 932 with any queries.
The hunt is on for the Australian Cow of the Year, and it’s not too late to find out if she’s in your herd with entries closing on Friday 31st May 2019. If you can think of a cow in your herd that is highly classified, produces a lot of milk, has good family connections and generally epitomises all that is good and wonderful about black and whites or red and whites, then this year could be your year.
The Strategic Directions Committee formed on 1st July 2017 is now embarking on elections for a Non-Regional Representative for a three-year term commencing from 1st July 2019. There currently exists a vacancy for a third Non-Regional Representative on the Committee. Holstein Australia is now calling for nominations from eligible members who are fully paid up for the 2018/19 Subscription year (Associate and Junior members are ineligible) for the role of Non-Regional Representative for the Strategic Directions Committee.
As part of the Fee review undertaken by the Board last year it was decided to introduce Scaled Fees on 1st July 2018 to reflect the age of the animal at the time of registration application. At the time the Board sought and received feedback from members on the introduction of Scaled Fees and subsequently made the decision to defer their introduction until 1st July 2019. Recently the Board has reconfirmed their intention to implement Scaled Fees commencing July 2019, as previously notified to members.
The complete milking herd dispersal of Registered Holsteins from Tasmanian Master Breeder, Panatana Holsteins, owned by Ian and Maryanne Hortle, held on-farm in Moriarty last Thursday bucked the recent trend in dairy sales with 193 head grossing $392,850 to average $2,035. Ian and auctioneer Nick Flanagan spoke with the ABC after the sale about the Panatana breeding philosophy, some of the challenges facing the dairy sector in Tasmania and Victoria, the support of local community and their reaction to the sale.
DataGene is on the lookout for dairy farmers who keep meticulous records to join GINFO, the industry’s national reference group for genetic information.To be eligible, herds need to be regularly herd-testing and recording information such as calvings, joinings, sires and dams, pregnancy test results and health events such as mastitis.
The dairy herd improvement industry’s biennial conference, Herd’19, was well attended by dairy farmers and service providers according to Country News’ Sophie Baldwin.
There is still time to register your interest in Holstein Australia’s proposed trip to the 15th conference of the World Holstein Friesian Federation in Switzerland next year. Holstein Australia is calling for expressions of interest from members interested in attending the 15th conference of the World Holstein Friesian Federation in Montreux, Switzerland, from 22 – 28 March next year.
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, Jersey Australia and Holstein Australia have come together to provide young people intending to pursue a career in the dairy industry with the opportunity to take part in a farm visit and educational tour in Holland and join an Australian team taking part in the annual European Young Breeders School in Battice, Belgium from 26th August to 6th September this year.
Numeralla Delta 1427 6160, owned by Liam Ryan, Numeralla Holsteins, tops the March 2019 Holstein Australia list of best young females with their first genomic breeding value with 351BPI, with another four Numeralla cows featuring on this list. She also goes straight onto the list of all genomic tested females (irrespective of age) at number 12. In at number two on the new genomic females list is Emu Banks Chairman Jennifer 9710-ET, owned by Bryan and Jo Dickson, Emu Banks Holsteins, with her 347BPI also putting her onto the all genomic tested females list at number 14.
Friday 8th March is the final opportunity to buy animals from Holstein Australia Master Breeder Amelia Park Holsteins. Over the last 25 years, Athol and Birute Hyland’s Amelia Park Holsteins has achieved 78 production awards and 17 lifetime production awards, attaining Master Breeder status in 2017. With a breeding philosophy focused on herd testing, classification and using bulls with type, over 730 females have been bred at Amelia Park during its 25-year history.
On Thursday 4th April 44 years of registered Holstein breeding will go under the hammer on-farm at Panatana Holsteins near Devonport, Tasmania. The catalogue can be downloaded here. Achieving Master Breeder status in 2006, Panatana owners, Ian and MaryAnn Hortle, have decided to retire from milking. The unreserved sale of 210 registered Holsteins presents a unique opportunity for breeders nationwide to secure quality cows backed by generations of the best AI sires.
While the long hot summer won’t have been a surprise to Holstein Australia members, for Holstein UK’s Australian exchange recipient, Georgie Moody, January in Oz was a bit of a shock. Arriving direct from overnight temperatures of below freezing in the UK to Melbourne’s first +420C day of the year proved challenging. But then came South Australia, Northern Victoria and International Dairy Week, where it was even hotter.
This week saw the 59th West Australian region of Holstein Australia annual bull sale at Boyanup sale yards, with a good crowd in attendance. In what is Australia’s longest running Holstein bull sale there was a total clearance of the 27 bulls on offer, with a top price of $7,000 and sale average of $4,796.
What can camp attendees expect at Australia’s first National Dairy Youth camp in over two years, which kicks off on 12th April in Sale, Victoria? Quite a lot it turns out! After settling in on the Friday afternoon, four jam-packed days touching on almost every element of animal health, husbandry, showing, judging and for those looking to a future career, what it takes to make it as a breeder and to work in the dairy industry.
At today’s Holstein Australia Victoria Youth Challenge Trials at International Dairy Week Holstein Australia CEO, Graeme Gillan, announced that the National Dairy Youth Camp will take place during the Easter school holidays in Sale, Victoria. Organised by Holstein Australia on behalf of the wider dairy industry, the all-breeds camp is open to all young people between the ages of 16 and 21 years, with no previous dairy experience required.
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.
Holstein Australia is recommending that all members utilising parentage verification services make the switch from micro-satellite technology to genomics this year, with a price discount available until 31 March 2019.
At this month's Western District Youth Camp almost fifty children from throughout south east Australia learnt about future career opportunities in the dairy industry and had a lot of fun.
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.