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Volume 58 No. 13 — June July 2007
CONTENTS Behind the Scenes PO BOX 292, ASCOT VALE, VIC 3032 Telephone: (03) 9370 9105 Fax: (03) 9370 9116 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.jersey.com.au Compiling Editor: Scott Joynson Designed and Printed by: Numurkah Leader (03) 5862 1034 Email: email@example.com
New South Wales
State Secretary - Milton Johnston Phone: (02) 6552 5915 Fax: (02) 6552 5915
Genetic Technologies & Jersey Austustralia form an Alliance
Accurate Oestrus Detection easier now than ever 6
Sales Wrap Up
Russian Delegation checks out Aussie Genes 20 Fairdale Jerseys faring well on the NSW north coast 21 Glenfern Jerseys End of an Era
Greater Emphasis on type needed
Alta ABV Highlights
Dairy Youth camp promotes careers in farming 26
Goulburn Murray Jersey Breeders Club
Burra Foods start dairy youth sponsorship drive 27
Nutrient Loss lessons for dairying
State Secretary - Diane Reeves Phone: (07) 5485 4585 Work: (07) 3221 3182 Fax: (07) 5485 4575 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
State Secretary - Megan March 14 Murray Dve Murray Bridge SA 5253 Phone: (08) 8531 3803 Fax: (08) 8531 3804 Email: email@example.com
State Secretary - Max McCormack PO Box 1258 Devonport TAS 7310 Phone: (03) 6424 1250 Mobile: 0409 252 232 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Offier - Scott Joynson 79 Munro Street Ascot Vale VIC 3032 Phone: (03) 9370 9105 BH Fax: (03) 9370 9116 email@example.com Genetic Recovery Officers Karin Couch (Western Districts) Phone: (03) 5566 5612 Margaret Cockerell (Northern Vic) Phone: 0407 641 132 (03) 5864 1133 Barry Monson (03) 5625 3176 or 0429 343 903
WESTERN AUSTRALIA State Secretary - Kay Peek Phone: (08) 9313 2145 Fax: (08) 9313 3380
Opinions expressed in The Australian Jersey Journal are not necessarily those of the Australian Jersey Breeders Society Federal Council Inc. or Compiling Editor, and no responsibility whatsoever is taken for their authenticity. While every effort will be made to publish advertisements as ordered, no responsibility is taken for the failure of an advertisement to appear as ordered.
Cover Proudly Presents WILLOWDELL FANCY 444 SUP. 92
Supreme Cow, Supreme Udder, Toowoomba 2007 Supreme Exhibit of Show Sire - Highland Duncan Lester Since arriving at Ardylbar Fancy has been a huge part of our show team. Brisbane 2002 - Intermediate Champion Jersey Heifer Challenge 2005 - Overall Champion winning the Darling Downs Great Northern NSW/QLD on farm challenge. Brisbane 2005 - Lead Cow in the Supreme group of 3 Cows. Toowoomba 2006 - Champion Jersey Cow and Best Udder Supreme Cow, Udder, Supreme Exibit of Show.
Adrian and Waylon Barron Ph. 07 4696 1265
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Editorial & Advertising to: Scott Joynson PO Box 292, Ascot Vale VICTORIA 3032 Ph. (03) 9370 9105 Fax. (03) 9370 9116 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org JerseyJournal June/July 2007 —
behindthescenes Change is deﬁnitely in the air and hopes are up that the soaking rain that has quenched much of South Eastern Australia provides a platform for a cracking Spring. The AJBS organization moves closer to the much talked about Jersey Australia structure with AJBS Federal Council making ﬁnal changes to the new constitution at the Gympie, Queensland meeting early May. Members are advised that Rule 10 Show Ethics has a new point: (6) The owner/lessee will be held responsible for any breach of the show ethic rules. Federal Council hopes this rule change will encourage members to consider the consequences of appointing a professional ﬁtter who might chose to test the well documented rules. Since going national, the Production Awards (which will be listed in next issue) have caused some confusion amongst members with regard to the categories printed on the application form. Federal Council has made changes to next year’s award application stating that members will need to substantiate that at least 5 herd test samples have been taken during a maximum of 305 day lactation. The section for individual animal awards has also been clariﬁed further with Federal Council recognising 24 – 35 Months or under as a 2 year old, 36 – 47 Months 3 year old and 48 – 59 Months is regarded a Mature Cow. Federal Council recognises the workload undertaken each year by our classiﬁcation panel and seeks to encourage individuals to join our well respected team. Currently, the panel is training two new members and seeks to ﬁnd other new faces to bolster our ranks. If you or you know of someone who might like to try out please contact Jersey House. The Jersey Journal remains in house with new designers Numurkah Leader appointed to produce the magazine for at least the next 12 months. Federal Council considered a number of outside submissions and also the possibility of
teaming up the publication with other industry magazines before the majority favoured retaining the current format at least until the organisation moves to the new national structure. Members will also note that a small increase in advertising rates was approved during the May 2007 meeting as was the offer that any Journal advertiser can have their page reproduced in poster format (at a cost of $100 above usual page fee) which will be displayed at the ringside Jersey site during IDW 2008. Contact the ofﬁce for further information or indeed to place an advertisement. Finally, the AJBS Victorian Branch AGM was hosted by the Northern District Jersey Breeders Club during the last week of May and a more detailed report will appear next issue. However, it would be amiss of me not to mention what a wonderful three day event the club provided. Great speakers, excellent farm visits, rain and a sale that averaged in excess of $2300 per head. Congratulations to all involved, I personally felt a real glimmer of ‘we’ve bounced off the bottom’ as all who attended the event left with the message there’s a good year ahead. ADVERTISING RATES (Including -GST) Effective 1st July 2007 Member: 6 issues Full page B&W $235.95 1 /2 page B&W $157.41 1 /4 page B&W $108.90 Business Card B&W $79.86 A4 Flyer insertion in Journal Advertorial Copy over 1 /2pg Sale Catalogue insertion Back Cover color Inside Back cover color Inside Front cover color Front Cover color Body page color
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Federal Council President: Milton Johnston 118 Edinburgh Drive, Taree, NSW 2430 Telephone: (02) 6552 5915 Queensland Delegate: Graham Hoey 77 Warner Street, Warwick QLD 4370 Telephone: (07) 4661 4157 Vice President & Western Australian Delegate: Don Fry Mitchell Rd, Benger, WA Telephone: (08) 9726 9226 email@example.com
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Hon.Treasurer & South Australian Delegate: Peter Ness PO Box 93, Mt Compass, SA 5210 Telephone: (08) 8556 8270 firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary: Scott Joynson PO Box 292, Ascot Vale,Vic 3032 Telephone: (03) 9370 9105 email@example.com Tasmanian Delegate: Warren Dudfield 437 Nunns Road, Elliot, Tas 7325 Telephone: (03) 6438 1298
Victorian Delegates: Trevor Saunders 495 Araluen Rd, Yarragon 3823 Telephone: (03) 5626 6373 firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Farrell 605 Lemnos Road, Congupna,Vic 3633 Telephone: (03) 5829 9354 email@example.com AJBS Website: www.jersey.com.au
Genetic Technologies and Jersey Australia form an alliance Genetic Technologies Limited (GTG) and Jersey Australia (JA) together take pleasure in announcing an agreement whereby GTG work with JA to provide DNA services to its members. GTG is an ASX-listed and NASDAQlisted biotechnology company that specialises in genetics and genomics. Headquartered in Melbourne, GTG is Australia’s largest accredited paternity laboratory and is Australia’s only private, accredited forensic DNA testing facility. With over 25 years experience and expertise, GTG also provides a comprehensive suite of genetic tests including human genetic disease susceptibility testing; livestock pedigree, trace-back and animal traits; dog pedigree and genetic diseases; plant and aquaculture proﬁling.
GTG also currently supports research programs that provide an investment in new intellectual property capable of generating licensing revenue and development of new genetic tests to expand commercial genetic testing services.
GTG will provide technical expertise and transfer to its members. DNA will now provide JA members the most advanced, enduring and accurate method of identifying stock for product assurance and traceback as well as pedigree assignment and veriﬁcation used to register members elite stock on the national Herdbook.
With this agreement, the JA signals a long term plan to update, improve and expand its capabilities to identify stock and verify animal pedigrees. This will also create a database of animal DNA proﬁles. Accuracy tracing animal pedigrees is expected to assist breeders with future genetic improvements and development of the breed.
For additional information please contact – Jersey House or Dr Tom Watson, Business Development Manager (03) 9415 1135
These services are expected to include, but may not be limited to, DNA proﬁling and parentage veriﬁcation as well access to speciﬁc trait testing as trait tests become available. In addition,
Blood sample cards for long term storage and future testing.
CONGRATULATIONS A belated congratulations to Luke & Melanie Wallace on the arrival (Easter Sunday night, 8th April at 6.12pm.) of
Samuel James Wallace
Samuel ,weighed in at 3760 grams or 8lb 5oz in the old scale, arrived after a straight forward labour. Sources claim Samuel is the image of his big brother Henry and is doing really well, as is Melanie.
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Simple to use, Easy to see Heat Detection. Take advantage of mounting evidence to determine optimum joining time. Reproduction programmes are a critical component of any dairy operation. Several factors influence success, but none require more attention than heat or oestrus detection. Detecting a cow in standing heat will increase the probability that she will be joined at the optimum time, improving conception rates and profitability. ESTROTECT Heat Detectors are designed to indicate when cows are in standing heat, in contrast to only showing when a cow has been mounted once for two or three seconds. ESTROTECT Heat Detectors are self-adhesive, simple to use and highly effective. And they only need to be applied once per heat cycle. Featuring simple ‘scratch-off’ technology for superior results, they are available in four fluorescent colours. A reliable management tool for artificial breeding programmes, recipients and donors, as well as natural breeding programmes, which minimises ‘false positives’.
After 3 – 5 mountings.
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After more than 5 mountings.
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Available from your herd improvement supplier or contact Genetics Australia.
Freecall: 1800 039 047 www.genaust.com.au 4
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✔ Differentiates between standing heat and when a cow is mounted briefly
After single mounting.
Jersey Breeders Club in conjunction with their 2005 AGM. Emma was lucky enough to get a ‘Megastar’ daughter out of Shirley!!
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The Castles have two farms at the moment, split into one running Jerseys and the other with Holsteins. They milk 250 Holsteins and 150 Jerseys at their peek. The Jersey farm is 200 acres with a 10 aside swing over shed and the Holstein farm is 360 acres with an 18 aside swing over shed. Both their farms are situated on Grays Road in Mardan, about ten minutes out of Leongatha. One day Emma would love to achieve an IDW championship, but she thinks she will have to wait a couple of years before that will happen, no doubt with Emma’s dedication and commitment to the Jersey breed she will achieve this dream! Anyway Emma doesn’t think it hurts to dream…
Emma Castles Age: 14 Location: Mardan, South Gippsland - Victoria
By Tanya Privitera Emma started at Comboyne then to Wauchope in NSW before moving to Mardan. Emma is currently studying Year 9 at Leongatha Secondary College. Emma is the youngest out of three children. Her older brother Beavan is doing an apprenticeship at home on the farm. Emma’s older sister Vanessa is in her ﬁrst year at University in Melbourne. Emma’s parents are Peter and Carol. Emma’s hobbies are showing Cows and playing Tennis. She used to show Chooks with her Uncle Kevin and Aunty Heather at Comboyne. In 2006 Emma won the coveted Gippsland Dairy Youth ‘Rising Star’ award. She was chosen out of a ﬁeld of talented local Gippslanders! The committee of Gippsland Dairy Youth selected Emma as the winner after watching her throughout the year at local shows / farm walks and particularly the Gippsland Dairy Youth All Breeds Youth Show held at Warragul yearly. She has also won ‘Excellence’ Awards at School. Emma won Reserve Champion cow at the Gippsland Dairy Youth All Breeds Show in 2006 and Supreme Champion Jersey at Korumburra show in 2007. She also won Reserve Supreme Jersey at Leongatha show in 2007 all of these awards have been with the powerful partnership of Emma and her Cow “Kingsvale Bomber Shirley”. Emma has a number of favourites but upon cutting it down to one, it would deﬁantly be “Kingsvale Bomber Shirley” who was bought for her at the ‘Sure Bet’ sale at Stony Creek, hosted by South Gippsland
Emma has grown up on a Dairy Farm and has always shown a keen interest in Dairying, she has always tried to help as best she can. Emma used to show at Comboyne but since moving she has shown mainly at local shows which include: Leongatha, Korumburra, Wonthaggi and Gippsland Dairy Youths All Breed Show in Warragul. This year she is hoping to go to the Royal Melbourne Show and IDW. Emma owns 7 registered Jerseys and about 20 grade Jerseys. She also has two bulls, one registered Jersey and the other being a Holstein. Emma feels she has learnt most of her skills at home on the farm off her Mum and Dad. She also thinks that the advice she has received from Stu Mackie, Tanya Privitera (Allan) and Cam Bawden have contributed to the skills she has developed. Emma wants a successful dairy stud and would love to continue breeding better genetics into her herd. Asked ‘who do you have to thank for your start in the dairy industry?’ Emma replies ‘That would probably be my Mum and Dad as they boughtme my ﬁrst cow and a lot more since then’, she added her parents have also helped her understand the serious side of the industry. I like Jerseys because they are much easier to handle than Holsteins as they aren’t as big and as stubborn (most of the time!!!!). You can pretty much do anything with them, their big brown eyes are very hard to resist!! ‘What do you think is the major challenge facing youth in the dairy industry?’ ‘That would be the cost of everything to get started in the industry, without help from family I think it would probably be impossible.’ JerseyJournal June/July 2007 — 5
ACCURATE OESTRUS DETECTION EASIER NOW THAN EVER By Chris Dingle Breeding programmes are a critical component of any dairy or beef operation, and no other factor requires more attention than accurate oestrus detection. Farmers can now take advantage of the heat detection product which will reliably differentiate between standing heat and when a cow is just mounted brieﬂy. Estrotect Heat Detectors, distributed by Genetics Australia, are designed to accurately indicate when cows are in standing heat, to increase the probability of joining at the optimum time. This will assist in improving conception rates and proﬁtability. No luck needed with this scratchie The detectors feature simple ‘scratch-off’ technology. More and more of the silver surface is removed by friction each time a cow or heifer is mounted. When more of the ﬂuorescent colour indicator is visible than the silver scratch-off surface, the closer the cow is to standing heat. Some other detectors are activated by a single mount, sometimes for as little as a few seconds. Because of the way they operate, Estrotect Heat Detectors are robust and reliable, manufactured to withstand multiple mountings. Importantly, the product will minimise ‘false positives’, to reduce time-wasting and unsuccessful inseminations. No glue on your hands or your clothes Lyn Kirkham, merchandise co-ordinator with Genetics Australia, says that the Estrotect is simple to apply to the cow, and easy to see in the paddock, or the yards. “You just need to brush and clean the area on the cow, peel the detector off the backing sheet and press it ﬁrmly onto the cow, between the hip and tail head. There’s no messing about with glues, and they only need to be applied once in each heat cycle. “The adhesive is activated by heat, so they need to be stored at around human body temperature when they’re about to be applied. Most farmers 6 — JerseyJournal June/July 2007
that I know who use them, just slip the sheets inside their shirt while they’re getting the cows or heifers ready. “They’ll stay in place for about six weeks and they are very easy to see whether the cow has been mounted often or just the once.” Estrotect Heat Detectors are available in a range of four ﬂuorescent colours – red/orange, blue, green and fuchsia, which makes them easily visible in low light. More information on Estrotect Heat Detectors is available from Genetics Australia on freecall 1800 039 047.
Greater Emphasis on type needed By Jim Lindsay The possible creation of an alternative selection index for Australian dairy sires was given the “thumbs up” by Semex Alliance Jersey Program Coordinator, Alan Bryson, who visited Australia recently. Mr Bryson, who has an indepth knowledge of the worldrenowned Canadian genetic evaluation system, was a key speaker at the inaugural Australian Protein Breeds Expo in Warrnambool held earlier this month. “In Canada, we emphasise a more balanced approach to production, type, health and management traits, and I believe the Holstein and Jersey breeds in Australia are looking at an alternative index,” he said. “The Holstein breed’s suggested alternative index has weightings of 50, 35 and 15 percent for production, type and ﬁtness traits, respectively, whereas the Jersey breed is looking at weightings of 60, 35 and ﬁve percent. “The difference in weightings is a result of the Jersey breed’s higher fertility level. This is a trait the Holstein breed needs to work on and that’s why it will most likely have a higher emphasis.” Mr Bryson’s presentation at the Protein Breeds Expo received a positive response. “People who are already thinking along these lines appreciated the information I presented about how the Canadian system works and how it could be applied in Australia,”
he said. “I presented tables which showed how Holstein and Jersey breeds would be re-ranked under the different system. For example, Bushlea Brook Biestar, who is currently ranked no 25 on the APR list, would come in the top ﬁve in the new listing and several breeders commented that this made quite a bit of sense based on their experience.” Mr Bryson, who visited several dairy farms as well as the Sydney Royal Easter Show during his time in Australia, said he was impressed by the production and strength of the Jersey cows he inspected. “I’ve seen some exceptional cows here and the fact that they’re producing about 4,800 litres under pasture-based production systems, where they have to walk and have to work, gives you the opportunity to see their ability,” he said. “There seems to be a little less strength in the Jerseys here than in Canada, which is a reﬂection of the different bloodlines which have been used. I see a lot of inﬂuence from American bloodlines. “Some Australian breeders have told me that after more than two generations of selecting for production, they were beginning to have udder and health problems. While we cannot ignore production, we must also look for those bulls that will help us improve overall type. “Cows won’t be able to support high production if they don’t have the physiological structure that
high production demands. And in the long run, this will have an inﬂuence on overall reproduction efﬁciencies.” Mr Bryson said the U.S. has steadily reduced the production weighting in its selection index from 77% in 1998 to 60% in 2006. “They realised that they need to protect their udders and their cows need to have a certain amount of strength,” he said. “The vast majority of the major exporting countries now put a weighting of between 15% and 35% on conformation. That’s a sure indication that most breeders realise that we need to put a certain amount of importance on conformation. “Production is important because we sell milk – but we make the most money when we sell milk lactation after lactation after lactation. To last in a herd, a cow has to be healthy, have a quality udder, be able to breed and be able to sustain high production – and this comes back to conformation and management traits.” Mr Bryson said the growing emphasis on conformation suited Semex and its “balanced breeding” philosophy. “Semex has never been in a better position,” he said. “We’ve built our philosophy and reputation around breeding animals that deliver a balance of high production, superior type and easy management in order to maximise lifetime proﬁtability. “Sales of our Jersey sires have increased by about 50% this year. JerseyJournal June/July 2007 —
Some of this can be attributed to the success of Rock Ella Perimiter throughout the world. Three of his sons are number one in their respective countries – Hollylane Lilibet’s Legacy in Canada, Sunset Canyon RP Militia in USA and Kaarmona Valerian in Australia. “Last year, Semex acquired another American bull, BW Country, which is ranked number two in the US for type. We’re also supporting programs coming out of Australia, so we’ve become a much more international company in terms of the products we offer.” Mr Bryson foresees rapid growth and development in the Semex Alliance Jersey program. “We are already conducting programs in Canada, USA, Australia and NZ simply to ensure we can offer a range of quality products to our customers, wherever they are,” he said.
“This means not only offering the best genetics, but making sure each sire has a highly-reliable proof in their ﬁrst crop. Semex has a huge commitment to offer the best information possible on all the bulls we have in service.” Mr Bryson had a few tips for breeders looking to supply young bulls to artiﬁcial breeding organisations. “Firstly, choose a top cow family that would spark interest at the artiﬁcial breeding company, with repeatability and multiple generations of superior females,” he said. “Secondly, document all you can about that cow family and pass this on to the breeding company. Thirdly, the sires of the young bulls should be modern and reﬂect the selection philosophy of the breeding company. “And ﬁnally, be patient! We can only sample a certain number of sons per year globally. You have
to continually work on the cow family and use the right bulls until you identify an individual that has considerable genetic potential.” While in Australia, Mr Bryson inspected a number of Biestar daughters, which were now approaching their third calving, and said they were even better than he had expected. “They have super udders, high retention rates as they approach their third lactation – a sign of longevity – and more strength than their herd mates,” he said. “I’m really, really impressed.” Semex Pty Ltd is the exclusive Australian distributor of livestock genetics marketed by the Semex Alliance. Although traditionally associated with Canadian genetics, Semex has conducted progeny testing programs in USA, Europe and Australia for more than a decade, and more recently, New Zealand.
Alta ABV Highlights: AltaMEGASTAR – up again! The latest May ABV release has been good once again for AltaMegastar. In the February and May proofs, the ﬁrst of Megastar’s second crop data has lifted the bull from 84 APR to 97 APR in February, and now 100 APR. Megastar is now the #1 type second crop bull in the top 20 rankings. AltaWHISKEY This popular Australian bull added just one daughter (now 95) and moved down two APR points to 104 APR. AltaWhiskey is proving to be an exceptional fertility bull and is also highly rated for Daughter Fertility in Australia. PROVEN SIRE HIGHLIGHTS 122JE5198 ABE – Ahlem Lemvig Abe-ET (Lemvig x EX91 Skyline).
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ABE is a continual JPITM powerhouse that has ranked in the top three for JPITM for eight consecutive proof runs after debuting at #6 in February 2005. He offers an unparalleled amount of consistency and provides results that you can count on. What makes Abe unique is his combination of extremely high production and superior component levels. He has been repeatedly the top ranked sire for pounds of protein. Combine this leading production with low EFI, high reliability and high fertility and Abe becomes a bull you can rely on. Daughters are long-lived and mature out to be excellent brood cows that perform very well in a variety of environments. 11JE0774 QUE – MS Quest 459E (Fanclub x EX93 Alf) QUE is the #6 JPITM sire on the
active list. He is also a sire that puts together a winning combination of high milk yields and component levels being a fat specialist. His high levels of production come with low SCS and trouble free cows. Que’s ﬂat boned daughters are angular about the front and carry a well attached mammary system. Limited inventories. Website 21st Century Genetics now has a new website, which contains all the new Australian and International proof data at – www.21stcenturygenetics.com. au. For further information contact 21st Century Genetics. Tel: (03) 9330 3444, fax: (03) 9330 3144, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, web: 21stcenturygenetics.com.au.
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Goulburn Murray Jersey Breeders Club President: Dick Scoones (03)58641205 Secretary: Brad Adams (03)58745388 Goulburn Murray Jersey Breeder Club recently held their annual calf day at the Numurkah Showgrounds details of the results are available on the Jersey website (www.jersey.com.au). The GMJBC leads the way in semen and insurance rebates through Jersey Marketing Service and Great Southern Challenge results at club level. The GMJBC would like to thank all exhibitors and sponsors: ABS Australia, Agri-gene, Altagenetics, Jersey Australia, Bos Trading, Brennans Veterinary Services, Cobram Rural Supplies, Genetics Australia, Katamatite Hotel, Katunga Farm Supplies, Katunga Lucerne Mill, Landmark Numurkah, Murray Goulburn Trading Numurkah, Semex, Waaia Hotel, Bendigo Bank Numurkah, Campbells Cash & Carry Shepparton, Huon AB, and Ridley Agriproducts. A big thank you to Darren Hourigan who judged this year’s event, a job well done! And to the organising committee of the calf day another great effort. This year’s event saw not only Jerseys, but Holstein and Illawarras promoting and teaching the younger generation the art of showing. If you live in the Goulburn - Murray region and are not a member of GMJBC now is the time to join this progressive club. New members always welcome. Advertising space available on this page only costs $13 per issue so get yourself or your club involved.
YENOLAM JERSEYS Neil, Wendy, Dick & Lyla 1119 Boals Rd Numurkah 3636 email@example.com PH(03)58641064 Fax(03)58641025
YALCARA JERSEYS Peter & Lyn Sprunt RMB 2790 Katunga 3640 firstname.lastname@example.org (03)58732583
LOXLEIGH JERSEYS Geoff Akers (03)58298478 Victoria Rd Tallygaroopna 3634 email@example.com
GANBEER JERSEYS Gordon & Robyn Gilmour RMB 1072 Waaia 3637 (03)58641096 firstname.lastname@example.org
JOBRILAN JERSEYS Peter & Agnes Nolan RMB 2345 Orams Rd Numurkah 3636 (03)58641193
KAARMONA JERSEYS Graeme & Robyn, Rohan & Claire Sprunt 228 & 235 Kaarimba Hall Rd Kaarimba 3635. (03)58732583 email@example.com
GLENARRON JERSEYS Ron, Glenyss & Grant Baker 14 Hutchin Lane Katunga firstname.lastname@example.org (03)58646246
HOMELANDS JERSEYS Phil Hentschke & Warren Schutz 142 Youanmite Rd Invergordon 3636 (03)58655171
BERNBRAE JERSEYS McMillan Family Hawkers Rd Nathalia 3636 (03)58641303
BRUNETTA JERSEYS David & Annie Van Popering RMB 4036 Numurkah 3636 (03)58655315
VAMOS JERSEYS Kelly & Warren Barnett Amaroo Park Solly Rd Mathoura 2710 email@example.com (03)58843421
DELREA JERSEYS Phillip & Fiona Delai 610 Katandra Main Rd Katandra West 3634 firstname.lastname@example.org 03 5828 3308
GRAGLEN JERSEYS Graham, Glenys, Tim & Jon Pearce Kerrs Rd Tallygaroopna 3634 email@example.com (03)58298334
KADDY JERSEYS Andrew Younger (03)58298352 50 Zeerust School Rd Zeerust 3634 firstname.lastname@example.org www.jersey.com.au/jweb/uploads/kaddy/kaddy_intro.html
WARRAIN JERSEYS John & Margaret Cockerell 1219 Rendells Rd Numurkah 3636 warrainjerseys@mcmedia. com.au (03)58641133
WAIANIWA JERSEYS Lindsay Hamilton 1045 Hawkers Rd Nathalia 3636 (03)58641380
EARLDENE JERSEYS Dick & Barb Scoones 2720 Rendells Rd Numurkah 3636 email@example.com (03)58641205
GENTEEL JERSEYS Brad Adams (03)58745388 553B Mywee/Koonoomoo Rd Strathmerton 3641 firstname.lastname@example.org
GLENFERN JERSEYS Peter & Bev Farrell 605 Lemnos Nth Rd Congupna 3633 email@example.com (03)58299354
GOULBURN MURRAY JERSEY BREEDERS CLUB MOST SUCCESSFUL CLUB GREAT SOUTHERN CHALLENGE 2000, 2003, 2004 & 2006
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NUTRIENT LOSS LESSONS FOR DAIRYING by Sue Webster A nation-wide effort to increase the efﬁcient use of nutrients and curb nutrient losses from Australian dairy farms could prevent consumer water-quality conﬂicts before they start, says a visiting US professor. Farmers who improve their nutrient use to best practice could help the industry avoid regulations, said Professor Quirine Ketterings. New York state farmers with excessive soil nutrient levels can be banned from applying fertiliser or dairy efﬂuent, and sometimes have to grow crops for years to remove excess nutrients from the soil, she said.
Accounting for the nutrients going in and out of dairy farms in New York was an effective way of improving nutrient management on farms. Despite differences in manure management between New York and Australia, Prof Ketterings’ research has important implications for nutrient management on Australian dairy farms. The Cornell University professor addressed Australian scientists and Victorian DPI staff over a four-day visit last week that also included a visit to the Pinch family dairy farm at Willow Grove in Gippsland. Her visit was arranged as part
of the recently commenced Accounting for Nutrients* project. She had a message for Australian dairy farmers. “The key solution lies in ﬁnding ways to economically increase nutrient use efﬁciency on farms,” she said. “Also to decrease nutrient imports and increase exports in sales while reducing nutrient loadings to the watersheds. “Knowing a farm’s nutrient balance is one step towards achieving that solution.” The lessons learned from upstate New York dairy farms were gained from stiff anti-pollution laws introduced in 2002 to protect water supplies for New York City.
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Farm s have to qualify for annual permits according to scales determined by the size of the herds, from 200 to 700 cows.
inputs,” she said, adding that feed and fertiliser imported onfarm was responsible for much of the imbalance.
said. “Try to ﬁnd solutions before you get high levels because it takes many, many years to draw those levels down.”
Farms outside those criteria have to have a permit if they have the capacity to discharge, if they are deemed to be polluting or if they are located in a sensitive watershed.
The industry realised it needed a simple way to collect onfarm information, and so started a measurement project. The researchers found that farms with similar milk outputs had phosphorus application rates that varied by a factor of three, and nitrogen by a factor of six.
The balance of nutrients in and out of the farm depend on many different factors, she explained – ranging from the numbers of animals on the property to the amount of animals, milk and meat exported off it.
“With New York City just downstream, there are some very sensitive watersheds,” Prof Ketterings continued. “Farms that are regulated have to develop a comprehensive annual nutrient management plan which spells out how they will manage their nutrients. “Basically it means keeping clean water clean and treating the dirty water.” Under the rules, farmers are forbidden to have cows in creeks and cannot spread manure closer than 30m from surface water or wells. “One of the things that became very obvious is that the sustainability of our dairy sector in the state of New York is going to depend greatly on our farms’ abilities to protect our air and water from excess nutrients,” she said. It’s not just about stopping run off, but any systematic overuse of nutrients on land.” She said that, as dairy farm productivity has risen, so has the importation of nutrients. “The nutrients exported in milk and animals are much less than the
Soil tests for phosphorus over 20 years for New York state showed that 50% of paddocks tested have high or very high fertility. Prof Ketterings said: “Farmers still have some ﬁelds that have low fertility. If we moved the phosphorus to phosphorus-deﬁcient areas, that would help. We need to look at economic ways to more effectively distribute nutrients particularly in manure.” She said: “It’s increasingly understood that when a ﬁeld has excessive nutrient accumulation, nutrient losses increase and we need to do something. At the moment the only approach in the regulatory structure is to keep extra nutrients off. The farmer can no longer apply any additional phosphorus, meaning no manure and no fertiliser. They’re told: ‘You have to grow what you’re growing without extra nutrients’.” The option is to “grow things down” …several years of cropping the ﬁeld to draw out the excess nutrients. “You don’t want to go there,” she
Prof Ketterings is Associate Professor, Nutrient Management Spear Program, Cornell University. *Accounting for Nutrients is a national project that will develop a standardised nutrient accounting framework for the Australian dairy industry that will help account for nutrient inputs and outputs and within-farm nutrient movement of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, calcium and magnesium. As part of this project, researchers will measure nutrient inputs, outputs and within
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BREAKOUT The maize maze
Prof Ketterings said some farmers were reluctant to cut back fertiliser applications on the maize they were growing for silage. “We circulated some maizegrowing recommendations,” she said. “Some farmers thought the recommended phosphorus levels were too low,” she sad. “Some claimed that the suggested levels wouldn’t build soil fertility levels. Some argued that their cold soils need more phosphorus while others said that new hybrids meant a need to revise the recommendations. “Lastly, some said they needed phosphorus to increase the ‘quality’ of maize.” Comparative plots were planted and ﬁeld days held. Attending farmers could ﬁnd no differences between the high-phosphorus and low-phosphorus plots. “There were no differences in yields, no visual difference and no quality differences,” she said.
farm transfers of nutrients on 50 dairy farms across Australia. Accounting for Nutrients on Australian Dairy Farms is backed by industry stakeholders including Dairy Australia, Dairying for Tomorrow, the Victorian and other state Departments of Primary Industries, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, GippsDairy, Bega Cheese, Murray Goulburn, the Victorian EPA and various Catchment Management Authorities.
The Meg Family Stonyrun started with the Meg family with the purchase of Avon Road Duncan Fantasy at the 1988 National Heifer Sale in the U.S for the then record price of $13,700. (a record that stood until 2005) Fantasy was a daughter of Top Brass Meg Ex92 and a grand-daughter of an 88 pt Fascinator. As well as Fantasy, Brass Meg bred a full brother in Trader and a half brother Sved Fantasy went on to breed a Boomer Sooner daughter Felicia together with several full brothers, 3 of which returned to active service in AI after initial proof runs, the most notable of these being Stonyrun Sooner Franklin. Sooner Felicia gave us Jazzman together with Lester Megan. Megan bred three Berretta daughters to kick the family off here in Australia. Megan is also the mother of Megamax and CscMistro, grand dam of CscBionic and the GGDam of Moneymaker, (sire of two of the four highest PI cows in the Araluen herd).
Stonyrun Lester Megan 90pts
Avon Road Brass Meg 92pts
Not a family that provides an abundance of heifers as a general rule but the ones we get show amazing individuality of character. We just love them. Stonyrun Aus has representatives by Berretta, All American, Fanclub, Biestar, Flowerpower, Manhatten, Badger and Rebel as part of the current Meg clan. The Meg family is a hard-working family that is capable of breeding industry improving bulls for the Jersey breed.
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