The 2017 April ABV just released has highlighted several new high BPI sires backed by daughters with actual Australian performance.
In the Holstein breed, the best newcomer is MAEBULL (Palermo x Shottle).
Bred by Craig Lister of Calister Holsteins, Calivil, Victoria, MAEBULL is 90% reliable for production traits with 69 milking daughters combined with his genomic data. He offers increases to protein and fat yield combined with moderate milk flow to provide a balanced production ABV with positive deviations. With a BPI of 298, his average sized daughters have shallow snuggly attached udders and genomics has given us the additional tool to focus on health traits and this is where MAEBULL excels.
High ratings for Survival (109), Cell Count (177) and Daughter Fertility (109) make him one of the best bulls available for these important profitable traits.
MAEBULL ranks just behind the number one daughter proven sire GEEMCEE who has consolidated his position at the top of the list with an impressive BPI of 304. This fertility, component and calving ease specialist was a popular choice in 2016 and we expect demand to continue to be strong in 2017.
ROYALMAN (266 BPI) is a new daughter proven sire that has delivered on his genomic promise. This Goldwyn son bred by John and Vicki Lillico of Smithton, Tasmania has 183 daughters in his production proof and boasts an impressive 96% reliability for production as well as good yields and components. Like MAEBULL, ROYALMAN is a strong health bull who shines for daughter fertility with an impressive ABV of 112.
GEEMCEE, MAEBULL and ROYALMAN combine with WRANGLER (260 BPI), GOLDCREST (275 BPI), CHRISTMAS (256 BPI) and TRICKIN (296 BPI) and others to deliver the strongest group of daughter proven sires now available.
While the genetic progress has been accelerated by the addition of genomic data it is reliable bulls such as MEDALLION that also still appeals to many farmers. Selected in the very early phase of genomic technology he has continued to be the most reliable choice for mammary improvement maintaining a top 1% udder improvement at 114 and is now 99% reliable for production and type traits.
On the genomic front, ROWLING leads the Genetics Australia team at 327 BPI and was bred by Russell and Rebecca McMillan of Nanneella, Victoria. ROWLING ranks in the top 1% for BPI, HWI, TWI and ASI and offers outcross genetics. He is also the equal best sire for udders in the top10 genomic sires.
At 317 BPI, SILVERLINE (Silver x Fever) also ranks in the top 1% of the breed for all indices and provides an alternative pedigree. Bred by Glomar Holsteins he is a strong production transmitter.
Genetics Australia General Manager, Anthony Shelly says the Genetics Australia Holstein line-up is as strong as ever.
“It’s pleasing to see the quality of our daughter proven sires like MAEBULL that provide farmers with some very reliable options, but we are equally pleased to have bulls of the calibre of ROWLING in our genomic team who will undoubtedly become a top daughter proven star in the future”.