Farmers and their advisors have been eagerly awaiting the release of the latest Genetic Progress Reports which now include trends for the Balanced Performance
This handy tool enables dairy farmers to track the impact of breeding decisions and changes in their herd’s genetic merit over time.
Developed by the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS), the Genetic Progress Report also allows dairy farmers to compare their herd’s genetic
merit with the average and top 10% of their breed in the country.
The report includes a summary of 10-year trends, including traits that have improved, remained stable and reduced in the herd. It also includes indicators
of the herd’s genetic merit for profitability and its rank out of all Australian herd recorded herds for the breed.
Seven graphs track changes in the herd’s genetic changes since 2004 for profit, type, longevity, mastitis resistance, fertility, protein and fat. Further
graphs for Health Weighted Index (HWI) and Type Weighted Index (TWI) are expected in August 2015.
Micelle Axford, ADHIS extension manager, said farmers were using the report to identify breeding areas that have performed well and those they wish to
Once they have identified the traits they want to improve through breeding, The Good Bulls Guide can be used to identify suitable sires.
“The report is generated from herd test data, so it is available to any farmers who herd record. There’s no need to supply extra information. Just request
a Genetic Progress Report from your herd test centre or view it on your tablet using Mistro Web,” Ms Axford said.
For more information contact Michelle Axford 0427 573 330 firstname.lastname@example.org.
An example BPI graph now available in the new Genetic Progress Reports.