Breeding for feed efficiency

Carlene Dowie
By Carlene Dowie
Updated June 20 2019 - 4:19am, first published May 26 2015 - 2:00am
One of these groups of cows eats less feed to produce the same amount of milk — but the difference can only be identified through Australian genomic technology. These cows, at the Victorian Government’s Ellinbank Centre, form part of the reference population for the new Feed Saved ABV.

A NEW Australian genetic breeding value will help Australian farmers breed a herd that produces the same amount of milk for less feed. The new Feed Saved Australian Breeding Value (ABV) is the result of eight years of research and development by the Dairy Futures Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

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Carlene Dowie

Carlene Dowie is the editor of the Australian Dairyfarmer magazine and has more than 30 years' experience as a rural journalist.

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