Sponsored by

Verwaayen Farms Ltd

Holstein Friesian NZ has launched a new genomic testing award in partnership with sponsors Verwaayen Farms Ltd and Weatherby’s Scientific, Ireland.

These awards are designed to celebrate the best genetics available within our Holstein Friesian NZ membership and the awards will be presented for the first time at the 2021 Holstein Friesian NZ Annual Conference.

Genomics are another tool to be used alongside phenotypic data to assist farmers in identifing animals in their herd that have the greatest genetic potential. Testing can identify and develop important traits such as longevity and fertility.

Genomic test results can be confidently used to make better breeding decisions to match breeding goals and improve the rate of genetic gain within individual herds.

There are two awards and entry is automatic for members who have had females tested between 1 May and 30 April each year.

Genomic Award

Awarded to both the top Net Merit and Balance performance female tested through the HFNZ Open Genomic Testing Service.

Entries into this are automatic and there is no charge. The winner will receive a certificate and a $500 voucher for the Holstein Friesian NZ Genomic Testing Service.

The award will be presented at the Holstein Friesian NZ Annual Conference. Results are calculated off female animals testing between 1 May and 30 April each year.

  1. Only Holstein Friesian female animals tested are included for the award.
  2. The highest Net Merit Index and Balance Performance Index animals will be awarded separately.
  3. For the highest Net Merit Index animal, if there is both a GTPI Net Merit value and standard Net Merit value take the highest value.
  4. In the event of a tie for either, take the animal with the higher reliability score.
  5. All results are available for publication.

Genomic Type Award

Awarded to the top type, female animal for both CDCB and DataGene tested through the HFNZ Open Genomic Testing Service.

Entry into this award is automatic and there is no entry fee. The winner will receive a certificate to be awarded at the Holstein Friesian NZ Annual Conference. Winners are calculated from animals tested between 1 May and 30 April each year.

  1. Only female Holstein Friesian animals tested are included for the award.
  2. The highest type CDCB and DataGene animals will be awarded separately.
  3. For the highest CDCB type animal, if there is both a GTPI Net Merit value and standard Net Merit value take the highest value.
  4. In the event of a tie for CDCB take the animal with the udder composite genomic (udc_g).
  5. In the event of a tie for DataGene take the animal with the higher Mammary BV (MAMM_BV).
  6. All results are available for publication.