Holstein Australia launches Herd Genetic Stocktake
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.
Graeme Gillan, Holstein Australia CEO, says: “A lot of work has gone into this new member service. Each report highlights key herd test information from the individual member’s herd and should help them in making better informed breeding decisions, accelerate genetic improvement or review the progress of their breeding program. I think it will be an important tool for building stronger, better Holstein herds into the future.”
Members with the required amount of data will receive two herd reports a year, one after the April proof run and one in December. The report will enable members to identify strengths and weaknesses in their breeding programs and provides an estimate of the dollar value of improving genetics within their herd.
Reports are compiled using the herd owners recording and pedigree data and Australian Breeding Values provided by DataGene. Using this data Holstein Australia calculates the improvement in on-farm measures when individual traits are improved.
At this stage approximately 400 members will receive Herd Genetic Stocktake reports on a regular basis, with that number expected to grow over the next 12 months. The first Herd Genetic Stocktake was distributed to members with sufficient herd recording data in early December.
If you have received your Herd Genetic Stocktake and would like to know more or would like to find out what you need to do to receive one, contact Rohan Butler, Genetic Services Manager firstname.lastname@example.org.