March proof run sees mixture of cow families and bulls
Two Victorian breeders, Western District’s Jamie (Fred) Loveday, Huntingfield Holsteins and Gippsland’s Stuart McRae, Gallrae Holsteins, had 16 of the top 20 best young females with their first genomic breeding value in the March proof run.
Commenting on the six young cows Jamie says that having heifers rank highly is great and really confirms Huntingfield is on the right track with their breeding program.
“This is a culmination of a lot of work starting 30 years ago with accidentally buying some registered cows from Victor Harbor and then continuous use of quality AI sires. Last year was a tight year but using sexed semen in selected cows coupled with genomics we identified a group of Holstein heifers to sell and that really helped the cash flow of our business,” he says.
Gallrae Holsteins had 10 of the top 20, sired by five different bulls – Jeronimo, Wookie, STG Nitro, Alta Lawson and Alta Roldis – and real cross-section of cow families including the Sholucky, Olucky, Debra and Apples families.
Western Australia’s Carenda Holsteins, the Kitchen family, topped the new genomic females list with Carenda Jeronimo Vida (338 BPI), with Gallrae 1424 Jeronimo Olucky 1730 (333 BPI), Gallrae 1339 Altaroldis Sholucky (329 BPI) and Huntingfield Kimball 4788 (317 BPI) next up.
The top three on the top 20 genomic females of all-time list remained the same as last month, with Vala Bandares Boliana (399 BPI) moving ahead of Purnim Moneyman Shasnah (399 BPI) and Ivyhurst Wrangler Mystery (433 BPI) remaining top with a five point BPI increase month-on-month.
The list for top young females (after 31-10-2017) saw Vala Bandares Boliana-ET at the top, Followed by Wilara Jeronimo Lollie (386 BPI) and Hindlee Jeronimo PB Dallas 19004 (381 BPI).