Genomic opportunities must not be wasted

Don’t get bogged down in the “nitty gritty” of genomics and miss the opportunity to introduce top genetics into your herd, advised DairyCo’s Marco Winters.

“There’s been a lot of interest in genomics, but there’s still uncertainty about how to use on farm,” he said. “It’s important to be aware of the lower reliability in young genomically tested bulls, but I think some farmers may be exercising too much caution.”

However, a number of breeding companies were reporting a marked increase in sales of genomic young sires, something they predicted to increase as bulls started to prove themselves.

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