Australian Yarroweyah dairy farmer Chris Hibberson has shown great consistency in winning gold milk quality awards over the past three years, now he’s also getting persistency in his herd. For the past three years, Chris has ranked number one in the Murray Dairy region in Dairy Australia's Australian Milk Quality Awards, based on bulk milk cell count (BMCC).
He attributes much of that success to his decade-long use of VikingGenetics and the health traits he has bred into his herd. Now things are getting even better with VikingGenetics’ breeding value for persistency, aiming to flatten lactation curves to improve health and reproduction outcomes.
“I look for an allrounder when I look for a bull,” Chris said. “I like them to have a bit of milk, good health traits and now persistency. Persistency is a relatively new trait and I like that idea. I don’t like cows that dry off early and the VikingGenetics cows seem to persist, so I’ve been particularly happy with that.”