App puts good bulls at your fingertips

Monday 15 February 2016 | From Dairy Australia

Building on the popular Good Bulls Guide, the new Good Bulls app makes it easier than ever for dairy farmers to identify bulls that match their breeding priorities. 

Drawing from an expansive database of local and international dairy bulls, the Good Bulls App allows bulls to be sorted on Australia’s three breeding indices: Balanced Performance Index (BPI), Health Weighted Index (HWI) and Type Weighted Index (TWI). 

Up to 50 filters can be used to find bulls that match your breeding objectives. Bulls can be filtered by any trait (e.g. protein, cell count, fertility or mammary system) or by semen company, pedigree, genetic characteristics and other factors.

The app provides detailed ABVs on each bull making it easy to compare between bulls and shortlist bulls of interest.  Shortlisted bulls can be exported to a trusted advisor to facilitate semen purchasing decisions. 

Dan Knee, who milks 400 cows at Toora, Vic was one of the test users in the app development. 

“The app is great. It makes it quicker and easier to identify bulls with the traits that are important to me. It has turned a job that once took hours into a simple, fun task,” he said.

Sarah Saxton, from the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS), said the app would be updated twice a year with the April and August release of Australian Breeding Values (ABVs).

The app is available for both iPhone and Android phones and can be used on tablets.

Find out more here.

Dairy Australia is the national services body for the Australian dairy industry. The company acts as the collective investment arm of the industry, investing in essential research, development, extension and industry services with the goal of making dairy farms more profitable.

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