Building on the popular Good Bulls Guide, the new Good Bulls app makes it easier than ever for dairy farmers to identify bulls that match their breeding
Drawing from an expansive database of local and international dairy bulls, the Good Bulls App allows bulls to be sorted on Australia’s three breeding indices: Balanced Performance Index (BPI), Health Weighted Index (HWI) and Type Weighted Index (TWI).
Up to 50 filters can be used to find bulls that match your breeding objectives. Bulls can be filtered by any trait (e.g. protein, cell count, fertility
or mammary system) or by semen company, pedigree, genetic characteristics and other factors.
The app provides detailed ABVs on each bull making it easy to compare between bulls and shortlist bulls of interest. Shortlisted bulls can be exported
to a trusted advisor to facilitate semen purchasing decisions.
Dan Knee, who milks 400 cows at Toora, Vic was one of the test users in the app development. “The App is great. It makes it quicker and easier to
identify bulls with the traits that are important to me. It has turned a job that once took hours into a simple, fun task,” he said.
Sarah Saxton, from the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS), said the app would be updated twice a year with the April and August release
of Australian Breeding Values (ABVs).