A number of progeny and farm tours are held during IDW.
ABS Showcase – Monday to Thursday of IDW – Tatura Park
ABS is proud to provide local and globally sourced genetics that deliver maximum profitability for profit-focused dairy farmers.
The fifth ABS Australia Showcase is a feature of IDW 2017 and will display daughters from bulls in the company’s proven and genomic sire line-up.
The ten animals will be on show in an air-conditioned marquee adjacent to the Leslie & Blackmore Pavilion, accessible through the ABS Australia booth next to the show ring, each day from 10am.
The daughters are all outstanding representatives of ABS Holstein sires Silver, MVP, California Red and Crush.
ABS would like to thank the dairy producers who are contributing cattle for the Showcase, including Gorbro Holsteins, Cohuna; the Jones family, Foster; the Wishart family, Cohuna; MJ & JM Williamson, Waaia; A & R Tyler, Tongala: Fleyas Holsteins, Gorae West and Rob & Justin Johnston, Sale.
Virtual Farm Tour – Tuesday 17th of January – Tatura Park
On Tuesday 17th January from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm at Tatura Park virtual farm tours will be held in the Blackmore & Leslie Pavilion. Come along and visit two farming operations.
Ferme Blondin – Quebec, Canada
Ferme Blondin is a 7th generation farm owned by Simon Lalande and Kim Cote in St. Placide, Quebec, Canada. Simon’s sons Olivier and Nicolas are the 8th generation on the farm. They milking 125 cows in two separate tie-stall facilities. Dann Brady is the Sales and Marketing Manager for the herd, working on the genetics program, managing the embryo sales and marketing of the herd. Blondin is a unique setup as 75% of the income for the farm is derived from genetic sales. Whether it be through live cattle, embryos or bull sales. We also manage 3 to 4 auction sales per year. 2017 will see the construction of a new 250 cow free stall facility. Due to the large number of fresh young cows they are selling each year, this facility will provide a more efficient area to produce milk.
Carpenter Farms – Tasmania
When Tasmania’s Garry and Bev Carpenter started in the dairy industry in 1988 they had a small farm with around 20 cows. Today, Garry and wife Bev, still farm in the same area of South Riana but have expanded to include neighbouring properties and a new robotic milking system. In 2017 they’ll be running more than 850 cows and hope to produce seven million litres of milk. The robots are part of a retirement and lifestyle plan. With the new facilities the Carpenters hope to be producing nearly seven million litres of milk within a season and a half.