Farmer questions on heifer genomics wanted

Heifer genomics to feature in Dairy Australia podcast special event

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BENEFITS: In the upcoming podcast, farmers already using heifer genomic technology on-farm will detail how genomic testing heifers has been beneficial to their farm business.

BENEFITS: In the upcoming podcast, farmers already using heifer genomic technology on-farm will detail how genomic testing heifers has been beneficial to their farm business.

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Dairy farmers are being asked to submit questions on heifer genomics to be answered in a Dairy Australia podcast special event to be released in October.

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Have questions on heifer genomics? Want to hear what fellow farmers who are already using the technology have to say? Now you can, through a Dairy Australia podcast special event.

Dairy farmers can have their questions on heifer genomics answered in the upcoming Top tips to get started with genomics podcast, which will be available in early October.

To help prepare for the podcast, farmers are being encouraged to email their questions on heifer genomics to genomics@dairyaustralia.com.au.

While a selection of questions will be answered on the podcast and recorded on Dairy Australia website, all questions received will be answered.

In the upcoming podcast, farmers already using heifer genomic technology on-farm will detail how genomic testing heifers has been beneficial to their farm business.

Genomic testing is the process of analysing a DNA sample from a calf or heifer to reliably predict her future performance in several areas. The technology allows dairy farmers to make early decisions about a heifer's role in the herd.

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Dairy Australia managing director David Nation said a growing number of farmers were utilising genomic technology in their heifers.

"Dairy Farm Monitor project figures suggest the average cost of raising a heifer is between $1500 and $2200," he said.

"By utilising genomic testing and making early decisions, you can avoid the expense of rearing animals that are unlikely to perform in your milking herd.

"Genomic testing helps you to decide which heifers to sell, particularly for export, and to inform targeted mating decisions such as which heifers to join with sexed or beef semen.

"You can use the test results to also significantly fast-track improvement in your herd for traits that are important to you, such as fertility.

"Data-driven, early decision making is a great opportunity to optimise the investment in your replacement heifers and save unnecessary expense. Because of this, genomic testing heifers has a very quick payoff for many herds."

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Dairy Australia's lead - animal health and fertility Stephanie Bullen said as well as making economic sense, genomic testing also offered other benefits for farmers.

"By using genomic test results, farmers can have confidence in animal parentage and pedigree records, even when they know very little about an animal," she said.

The Top tips to get started with genomics DairyPod podcast will be available in October. Listen on the Dairy Australia website, or wherever you receive your podcasts.

For more information on heifer genomics, or to find a genomic service provider, visit dairyaustralia.com.au/genomics.

In the upcoming podcast, farmers already using heifer genomic technology on-farm will detail how genomic testing heifers has been beneficial to their farm business.

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