While the February proof release saw the incredibly consistent run maintained in the top 20 cow list, the latest March figures have seen a few movers and shakers making an appearance.
Four new cows from Coomboona, Glomar, Kaarmona and Wilara entered the top 20, with a further ten cows changing position by at least one place.
The top four cows – Glomar Goldwyn Lucky 4319-ET, Rengaw Manoman Janea-ET, Wilara Buddha Steph and Glomar Fever Lady 4634-ET – remained the same.
The March top heifer list saw eight of the top 20 spots go to Illawambra Holsteins and Trevor and Leah Parrish from Kangaroo Valley in NSW.
The Illawambra herd ranked number one in Australian Holstein herds for profit health weighted index and type weighted index and number two for BPI in the December ABV’s.
Five of the Illawambra heifers in the top 20 were sired by the family’s own privately held bull, Illawambra Frontpage Fantastic (also sired by another Illawambra bull).
Illawambra Holsteins’ Trevor Parrish
Graeme Gillan, Holstein Australia CEO, says that this result underscores the strength of Australia’s Holstein bull market.
“The number of animals genomically tested continues to rise as does the number of bulls available for saleas herd sires with genomic Australian Breeding Values. This offers buyers the opportunity to purchase bulls with confidence that they have the most current and most reliable ABV (g)’s available.”
Illawambra Holsteins sells up to 100 females and 30 bulls a year to dairy producers in NSW and interstate.
Trevor Parrish says: “Bearing in mind the bull in question is named Fantastic, when Holstein Australia sent me through the results, I summed up my feelings in just one word. Fantastic!”