Following a successful trial earlier this year Holstein Australia has 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.
Holstein Australia member, Wes Hurrell of Rockwella Farm Holsteins, says that the Stocktake report makes clear the relationship between genetic merit and herd performance.
“The report is individualised to our farm using the BPI designed for an Australian grazing production system, with the relationship between genetics, actual performance and income also helping identify the need for genomic testing.”
The Herd Genetic Stocktake breaks down the specific herd impact of a single unit increase in BPI, survival, fertility and SSC Australian Breeding Values. Breeders are able to easily identify strengths and weaknesses in their breeding programs and the report provides an estimate of the dollar value of improving genetics within their herd.
The difference in performance and financial return of the top and bottom 20% of each herd is clearly presented, as is the likely financial impact of increasing the performance of the bottom 20% to the herd average.
Key herd information highlighted at a glance includes:
Herd BPI and performance
Annual production per animal
Genetic trait performance and consistency
Herd lactation financial return
ABV herd impact
The latest Herd Genetic Stocktake was sent to members with enough herd recording data during the last week of July. If you would like to find out more about the information contained in your Stocktake report, or would like to know more about the level of herd recording data required to generate a report for your herd contact Rohan Butler on 0428 135 361 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.