A major Goulburn Valley dairy business, Coomboona Holsteins, is shifting its focus from milk production to genetics in a bid to extend its international reach.GEOFF ADAMS January 8, 2013 4:05am
The company, already the biggest importer of embryos in Australia, is planning to downscale its milking herd and move to a more prominent location on Mooroopna-Echuca Rd a few kilometres away.
While drawing on bloodlines from North American females, the business — owned by Hong Kong businessman Alex Arena — is now selling overseas into China, Japan, the United States and Canada.
Marketing and livestock manager Michael Boyd said they had sold cattle on the same international export market as other farmers, but were now concentrating on providing elite bred animals for developing Asian countries which wanted to improve their genetics.
‘‘Many farms have been exporting just their excess cattle. We are looking at providing top seed stock for developing countries through world class genetics,’’ Mr Boyd said.
The Undera property runs about 2500 cattle on 2400
It includes an embryo transfer laboratory facility, separate calf raising business employing two people and is building a 1000-bed free-stall facility.
Coomboona Holsteins genomically tests every heifer going through its custom heifer program. The process uses an animal’s DNA to screen for key traits.
See next week’s Country News for a 16-page dairy week feature.
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The Yarrawonga Pigeons scored a 20 point victory over the Myrtleford Saints at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
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FOUR Rochester residents did more than their bit for women’s cancers mid last month when they trekked 60km around Melbourne to raise funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Tongala Football Club lost to Rumbalara in the Murray Netball League on Saturday by 14 points.
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DESPITE criticism from within the community over a perceived lack of use, the O’Keefe Rail Trail has enjoyed good traffic over the past couple of weeks, with more to come.
The usual yellow and black colours at Katamatite Recreation Reserve will be replaced this Mother’s Day as pink will be the colour of choice.
Jake has babies to thank for surviving cancer.
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