ABS & Dairy News

St Jacobs breaks into the commercial market with a leading new line of sires

St Jacobs is entering the commercial market with a new category of sires for farmers under thename Linear Choice. This new line of St Jacobs sires prioritizing function, balance, and healthhas been available in Japan and France since May and will become available to more countriesover the coming months through the ABS Global channels. Linear…

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Genetic solution to phase out bobby calves

Australian dairy farmers are embracing specialist dairy beef genetics to reduce bobby calves and diversify farm businesses. Nearly 14 per cent of all ABS semen sold to dairy farmers last year was ABS InFocus™ – a genetic product designed to breed a quality and consistent beef animal from a dairy cow. Increasing demand for a…

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Ticking all the breeding boxes at Cooriemungle

Byron Smethurst has strict criteria for selecting bulls. The manager of two dairies, milking a total of 600 cows at Cooriemungle in southwest Victoria, he knows it’s possible to breed cows with a combination of form, function and profit – it just requires research. “I like good looking cows, but they have to make money,”…

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