Choosing bulls is but one piece in the puzzle that is breeding an elite dairy herd.
This Gippsland farmer has 700 bulls, trades $4 million in dairy cows each year and, with his brother, runs a dairy herd of 500 milkers comprised almost entirely from other farmer's rejects.
Genomic testing is a great advance for agriculture - but how can it be used on dairy farms in Australia?
The DairyBio and DairyFeedbase projects are assisting dairy farmers to improve feedbase productivity and animal health.
Helping dairy farmers to produce more fertile, productive and healthy herds is the impetus behind DairyBio, a $60 million bio-science innovation initiative of Dairy Australia, the Victorian government and the Gardiner Foundation.
Breeding a dairy cow for the future should take economic and environmental changes into consideration.
A study by researchers at the University of Reading and nutrition company Adisseo has shown dietary selenium supplementation of cows before calving can enhance their and their calves' selenium status.
There are two reports of clinical facial eczema outbreaks in Gippsland, the first in a group of 200 yearling heifers in West Gippsland and the other in adult cattle in South Gippsland.
Nearly 3000 cows have qualified as 5-Star Jerseys in the initial induction of Jersey Australia's new prestige ranking system.