Australia has the largest population of milk-recorded, artificially-bred and registered Holstein cattle in the southern hemisphere. Holstein cattle make up about 70 per cent of Australia’s 1.6 million dairy cows. One quarter of these are registered in the Holstein Australia Herdbook or Appendix.
Almost half of Australian dairy producers participate in voluntary milk recording schemes. This data shows that the overwhelming majority of milk-recorded Holstein cows have been artificially bred using genetics sourced from throughout the world.
Buyers of Australian Holstein cattle can be provided with comprehensive documentation confirming the identity, pedigree, ownership and breed standard compliance of every animal. Registered heifers are also provided a Holstein Australia Certificate of Registration.
Prior to export, Holstein heifers are assessed by the Holstein Australia team of classifiers to ensure they show the necessary conformation for high production, fertility, easy care and longevity; meet the Holstein breed standard and are free from any major visual defects or abnormalities.
Animals complying with the Holstein Breed Standard are issued with an Australian Dairy Breeding Animal Certificate. In addition, heifers exported to China are provided with pedigree and identification information in collaboration with DataGene, Australia's industry owned herd improvement and genetic evaluation organisation.