Improved longevity has changed the focus of his Tatura farm in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, allowing it to reduce the number of replacements and build a more profitable milking herd and an extra income stream.
Since moving to VikingGenetics more than a decade ago, the compounding effects of breeding several generations of cows with strong health traits from a reliable and strong data set are reflected in the healthy and robust herd.
Even with 2000 mostly Holstein cows at the Tatura farm, they don’t need to run a sick herd and the number of replacements continues to dwindle every year, easing staffing requirements and cutting costs.
“When you think about it, there’s definite change happening,” Markus says. “Improved longevity has absolutely changed our focus for the better.”