The next generation of high-BW Holstein Friesian heifers earmarked to breed genetically-elite Holstein Friesian females and males has been announced.
The 2022 Discovery Project team comprises 28 heifers from 11 Holstein Friesian New Zealand breeders: Southland’s Meander Holsteins (Robert and Anne Marie Bruin) had 11 heifers chosen for the 2022 team, while three heifers were chosen from Poplar Partnership (John and Karen McErlean), Payne Farms Ltd (Brad Payne) and MJ Dickson, among others.
A joint venture between Holstein Friesian NZ and LIC, the Discovery Project uses advanced breeding technologies such as genomic testing, Embryo Transfer (ET) and TVR (Trans-Vaginal Recovery) to select the best heifers of potential bull-dam standard early on in their lives, allowing all breeders the opportunity to have their pedigree Holstein Friesian bulls recognised by the industry.
Each year, HFNZ members are invited to nominate their high-BW heifer calves for the Discovery Project. Just over 140 nominations were received for the 2022 team, and in March 2022 the Discovery Project Committee selected 73 heifers to be genomically tested. Of that group, 28 were selected to be part of the 2022 team, which will take part in this year’s TVR programme.
Any heifer calves born within the Discovery Project are free from any breeding restriction with LIC and can be nominated and screened in the hope they will be eligible to re-populate the programme.
The Discovery Project, which aims to contribute to the AI industry and the Holstein Friesian breed, has seen great success since its inception in 2004. Between 2013-2020, Discovery Project teams delivered a total of 73 sires into LIC’s Sire Proving Programme, with 17 of these sires going on to graduate into LIC teams. This year, LIC has purchased six bulls from the 2020 Discovery Project team to join its Sire Proving Scheme for the 2022/23 season.
The Discovery Project has also shown success with contract mating, with a number of Discovery Project heifers from previous years’ teams still being contract mated today.
2014 team members Hillsview Mega Pea S3F and Tronnoco B Sulana-ET have been consecutively contract mated from 2016-2022, as has MAH HDF Starstruck-ET S3F, from the 2015 team.
From the 2017 team, five cows have been contracted mated consecutively from 2018-2022: Tanglewood L Raine-ET S3F, MAH SB Snow White-ET S2F, Meander Beam Ash-ET S2F, Meander Inca Avril-ET S2F and Meander Lance Grace-ET.
HFNZ Discovery Project Chairperson Wayne Taylor says genomic testing tools has allowed new genetics to be identified and captured earlier than ever before, and animals that would have been overlooked 10-15 years ago are now being selected based on their genomic merit, rather than BW alone.
“This demonstrates the opportunities within the Discovery Project to present exceptional cow families that have the potential to contribute a great deal to the Holstein Friesian breed,” Wayne says.
The full team is listed below:
|AIRDRIE OVERTIME KARA S1F||AIRDRIE BEAMER KARA S2F||WERDERS DE OVERTIME S1F||The Poplars Dairy Co|
|WAITARIA GOVERNOR KIA-ET S1F||WAITARIA BEAMER KARA S2F||GREENWELL GR GOVERNOR S1F||Poplar Partnership Ltd|
|WAITARIA BACKDROP BEBE S2F||WAITARIA MMIND BOUND S2F||ARKAN MGH BACKDROP-ET S2F||Poplar Partnership Ltd|
|WAITARIA BACKDROP GENNA S2F||WAITARIA MAXIMA GINA S2F||ARKAN MGH BACKDROP-ET S2F||Poplar Partnership Ltd|
|ESTEE MOOKIE JADE S1F||ESTEE FLASH JADE S0F||COASTAL-VIEW MOOKIE-ET||Estee Holdings Ltd|
|PAYNES WINDBREAKER CHIME S1F||PAYNES MYTH PAGET S1F||PAHIA BG WINDBREAKER S1F||Payne Farms Ltd|
|PAYNES BUDDYBOY PRYIA-ET S2F||PAYNES DUDE PRIYA-ET S3F||MAKKERS BUDDYBOY S2F||Payne Farms Ltd|
|PAYNES TRAPEZE SUZI S1F||PAYNES ETHOS PRIM S1F||GLENMEAD SB TRAPEZE S1F||Payne Farms Ltd|
|RANGEVIEW GUSTO RAMI||RANGEVIEW MAXIM RAMI S3F||LIGHTBURN BLADE GUSTO||L & K Phipps|
|CLOVERLEA ALLOY GIGI S1F||CLOVERLEA BEAMER GAGA S0F||MEANDER TS ALLOY-ET S1F||Inland Dairies Limited|
|WAIOKURA GRIFF ROSE S2F||WAIOKURA CELTIC PIPI S1F||WELCOME SILVER GRIFF-ET||Page Dairies Limited|
|TRONNOCO E SKYLAN-ET S3F||TRONNOCO GD SUZUKO||BUELIN BM EQUATOR S2F||Tronnoco Farming Co Ltd|
|TRONNOCO ARROW SHALYN S3F||TRONNOCO GAUNT SHANA-ET||MEANDER SB ARROW-ET S2F||Tronnoco Farming Co Ltd|
|DICKSONS ARENA MARLEN-ET S2F||DICKSONS FL MARLEN-ET S1F||MEANDER MG ARENA-ET S3F||MJ Dickson|
|DICKSONS EQUATOR MYRE-ET S2F||DICKSONS GE MYRE-ET S1F||BUELIN BM EQUATOR S2F||MJ Dickson|
|DICKSONS GUSTO MARLEN-ET S2F||DICKSONS FL MARLEN-ET S1F||LIGHTBURN BLADE GUSTO||MJ Dickson|
|MEANDER GALANT APRIL S1F||MEANDER SUPERVISOR ARIA-ET S1F||BELLAMYS DM GALANT-ET S1F||R & A Bruin Meander Holsteins|
|MEANDER FINN ASHLEY S1F||MEANDER GAUNTLET ASH-ET S3F||MILL-RIDGE TS FINN-ET S1F||R & A Bruin Meander Holsteins|
|MEANDER ARROW WANDA S1F||MEANDER FEATURE WENDY S1F||MEANDER SB ARROW-ET S2F||R & A Bruin Meander Holsteins|
|MEANDER EDGE GRACIE S2F||SNOWY VALLEY MG EDGE S2F||MEANDER MANDATE GRACE-ET S2F||R & A Bruin Meander Holsteins|
|MEANDER FINN AVRIL S1F||MILL-RIDGE TS FINN-ET S1F||MEANDER INCA AVRIL-ET S3F||R & A Bruin Meander Holsteins|
|MEANDER FLEX APPLE S1F||MEANDER ATM APPLE-ET S1F||MILL-RIDGE TS FLEX-ET S1F||R & A Bruin Meander Holsteins|
|MEANDER BAKERBOY ASH S2F||MEANDER BEAM ASH-ET S2F||MCKAY BM BAKERBOY-ET S2F||R & A Bruin Meander Holsteins|
|MEANDER OVERTIME KRIS-ET S1F||MEANDER OFFICIAL KRISSY S2F||WERDERS DE OVERTIME S1F||R & A Bruin Meander Holsteins|
|MEANDER REEF APRIL-ET S1F||MEANDER OFFICIAL ARIA-ET S2F||TANGLEWOOD MD REEF-ET S1F||R & A Bruin Meander Holsteins|
|MEANDER SAMBA ASHER-ET S3F||MEANDER BEAM ASH-ET S2F||TRONNOCO MH SAMBA-ET S3F||R & A Bruin Meander Holsteins|
|MEANDER SAMBA ASHLEY-ET S3F||MEANDER BEAM ASH-ET S2F||TRONNOCO MH SAMBA-ET S3F||R & A Bruin Meander Holsteins|
|LAWWAL FINN LOLA S1F||BUSYBROOK MAX LARA S2F||MILL-RIDGE TS FINN-ET S1F||D Beardmore|