In the February 2018 proof release the average BPI of the top 20 registered Holstein females was 361 compared to a figure of 349 for the December proof run.
This list remains incredibly consistent, with only two change of position in the top 10 cows and no new entries.
New Holstein Australia member and Genetics Australia director, John Pekin from Kolora in Western Victoria, made a big impact on the top 20 BPI new heifers list, taking out the number one, two and eight spots.
John is a long-term non-registered breeder, but with an interest in cow families. In conjunction with Holstein Australia he identified ten cows to genomically test based on each having a strong maternal cow family.
Commenting on his decision to test and register his cows, John said:
“We’ve known that our herd has been somewhere in the top 20 or 30 for BPI for many years now, but what we were really looking for was more confirmation on this.
“I really see it as part of the process of taking the next step for us. We’ve now joined Holstein Australia, registered our new heifers and identified the blood lines that are really performing. As we continue with this process I see it adding value to our herd.”
Congratulations to all our members that appear on both lists this time round.
The month-on-month and year-on-year increase in BPI is a result of continual investment in improving the Holstein breed.