Genomics underpins breeding strategy

Feb 15, 2023

Narelle and Mark Mconald

Region: Gippsland, Victoria

Topic: Genomic testing

Narelle and Mark McDonald first started using genomics to ensure they bred replacement dairy animals from their best cows and heifers. Four years later, the DNA technology is also a management tool that’s helping them do so much more.

Genomic testing is enabling the Gippsland dairy farmers to phase out bobby calves with targeted use of sexed and Wagyu semen.

The McDonald family now milk 550 cows – doubling their herd since moving from north-east Victoria to East Gippsland.