Genes over-rated

March 01, 2018

Some dairy farmers over-rate the importance of genetics in their overall management plan, according to leader in artificial breeding, VAB genetics chief, Bernie Harford.

He said last week genetics were an important part of farm management, but were not the sole answer to improve dairy returns.

Speaking at last Wednesday’s launch of Target 10, Mr Harford said many people paid exorbitant prices for overseas semen ‘‘and then think everything will be okay’’.

‘‘In many cases there are better uses for money then paying for something that expensive,’’ he said.

Mr Harford said on each individual dairy farm, specific changes could be initiated to improve returns.

‘‘Farmers should sit down and work through what’s limiting production, get their priorities right and the maximum pay-offs,’’ he said.

Dairy farmers had a great opportunity to reap rewards for their efforts.

There was no better time than now to expand in dairy farming because inflation was low, cost pressures were not so great and returns were very high.

Dale to ride, swim, run, with the Big V

Benalla triathlete Dale Woonton has been selected in the junior Squad to represent Victoria at the National Triathlon Championships on April 16, 17 and 18.

Dale goes to school in Shepparton at the Goulburn Valley Grammar School.

As a squad member Dale is required to attend three training clinics, perform time trials and compete in designated triathlons to attempt to make the final state team.

‘‘I’m very excited about the possibility of competing for Victoria. It makes all the hard work all worthwhile just getting selected in the squad,’’ Dale said.

‘‘I’m not over confident although my form has been good. It would be great if I get selected.’’

Dale’s recent triathalon results include wins in Ballarat, Altona and Benalla.

Dale is the youngest male member of the Benalla Triathlon Club, which is always looking new members. The club trains twice a week, which involves either a ride, run or swim.

Currently the club has 50 members who enjoy the rewards associated with competing.

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