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.
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