The Sydney Morning Herald has adopted the AirLink™ system from The Smart Services CRC. The system allows a smart phone user to scan certain contact in the print version of the paper to download additional, richer content. Read about it in this article from the University of Wollongong.
New era dawns in dairy animal genomics
The Australian dairy industry has entered a new genomic era in which dairy farmers are now able to make breeding decisions with confidence on genomic data alone.
After two years of intensive research work at the Dairy Futures Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), genomic profiling of 10,000 Holstein dairy cattle has achieved levels of reliability that make much more accurate predictions of how good a bull’s or a heifer’s genetics are for milk production, fertility and other traits that affect profitability.
On average the reliability of genomic breeding values for young bulls (with no daughters) is now equivalent to a bull proof with 30 milking daughters. The potential value of this new technology is estimated at $100 million over the next 12 years.
The Holstein project is one of the largest, single cattle genotyping projects undertaken in the world, increasing the population of the reference set for Australian genotyped Holsteins by a factor of five. Genetic sampling involved pulling tail hairs and/or taking blood samples from selected cows on 91 dairy farms, which had kept a high standard of cow performance records over many years.
On 14 June the Victoria Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, the Hon. Peter Walsh, joined dairy farmers, scientists and industry leaders on farm at Maffra to celebrate this major milestone.
“This new level of genomic reliability for key traits confirms the creation of a viable, new market sector – genomically tested bulls with high levels of reliability under Australian dairy farming conditions,” said Dairy Futures CRC chief executive, David Nation.
Dairy farmers stand to double the genetic gain in their herds; bringing forward the introduction of elite genetics by several generations and producing higher performing dairy cows earlier.
The market impact of this new information is expected to come from the breeding decisions made from among the top 50 genomic bulls listed in the annual Good Bulls Guide published by the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS)
ADHIS sets minimum publishable criteria for Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) from which dairy farmers make regular bull selection decisions. The changes in reliability for the top 50 genomic bulls, based on the results of the Holstein genomes project, shows just how quickly the reliability of genomic breeding values is catching up with traditional daughter proofs. Several of the most economically important traits are now at or above the minimum publishable criteria. These traits include genomic reliability for production (63.9%, Minimum Publishable Criteria - 63% reliability, daughters in 15 Aus herds), survival (43.2%, MPC - 25%) and mastitis resistance (54.8%, MPC - 50% reliability, daughters in 15 Aus herds). Workability traits (55.4%, MPC - 57% reliability, daughters in 10 Aus herds) are now very close to MPC.
Improving conformation, fertility and liveweight reliabilities are the subject of separate data gathering project which are currently underway. The Dairy Futures CRC is also investigating methods that could convert the liveweight trait to a direct measure of feed conversion efficiency.
Later this year the results of a similar study for the Jersey breed, is expected to provide comparable levels of genomic reliability.
For more information: www.dairyfuturescrc.com.au
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