Genomic testing: the future of farming

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For 32 years, Agri-gene have been helping Australian farmers get deliverable results from their dairy cows.

“We can identify which bulls are going to suit which farmer.”

Agri-gene buy and sell genetics from bulls all around the world to Australian farmers and see deliverable economic results.

For 32 years, Agri-gene have been helping Australian farmers get deliverable results from their dairy cows.

All animals are genomically tested from the age of 10 days. Hair follicles are used to export DNA through which Agri-gene can determine what kind of meat and what kind of milk could be produced when inseminated into a cow.

“This system is going to tell farmers before they use the bull, how many dollars they are going to generate by using that bull,” says sales manager at Agri-gene Graham Heaver.

“I can tell you that this bull will produce you $286 a year more than a bull with these genetics.”

Most popular genetics for Tasmanian dairy farmers include Holstein and Jersey and for farmers producing beef, Angus is the most popular sell.

Mating programs are also a part of Agri-gene. Staff will visit farmsteads and assess cows for any physical deformities, and imput the data into a computer system which will tell them the best way to eliminate such deformities from future offspring.

“The biggest improvement in technology is through genomic testing, and now sexed semen, all developments from the last 5 years,” says Graham.

“The future is with genomic and sexed semen testing.”