Genetics Australia has announced the highly regarded daughter proven sire Emu Banks CHRISTMAS was recently euthanised on welfare grounds.
Bred by Bryan and Jo Dickson of Terang, CHRISTMAS has built a solid reputation as a premier transmitter of production and strength.
“CHRISTMAS was the right bull at the right time” explains Breeding and Genetics Manager, Peter Thurn.
“At a time when we have so many bulls with negative ratings for strength trait, CHRISTMAS was there to provide the balance many breeders were looking for”.
Body Depth, Muzzle Width and Chest width ratings for CHRISTMAS are superior to the majority of bulls available today.
His production rating is unchallenged with over 3000 daughters contributing to his ratings of 24kgs of protein, 41 kgs of fat with positive milk flow and deviations.
His dam, Barkly Gold Christy VG89 was the source of many of the desirable characteristics transmitted by her son.
She was purchased at the Barkly Holsteins dispersal and was one of the highest ABV cows in that herd.
Unfortunately, Christy only had 2 daughters at Emu Banks so her direct maternal influence in the Emu Banks herd has been limited, with the exception of her son CHRISTMAS.
CHRISTMAS is still available in both conventional and sexed semen.