Genomics provides solutions for on-farm challenges

Mar 15, 2023

Roderick family

Region: Queensland

Topic: Genomic testing

Genomic testing and genetic improvement are helping one Queensland dairy farmer reduce his annual herd replacement rate. A bonus is that it’s also cutting heifer rearing costs and enhancing the health of his animals.

Paul Roderick, his parents David and Gwen, employees Steph Van Der Westen, Michael Sweetnam and Michael Turner, and casual staff (vet students from the University of Queensland Gatton campus) milk from 220 to 370 cows year-round at Harrisville, an hour south west of Brisbane.

Paul Roderick says the practical application of genomics over the past five to six years is justifying the investment.