Dairy at World Expo

GOING TO AMERICA: General manager of Jersey Australia taking "team Australia" to the World Dairy Expo in the US later this year.

AUSTRALIA’S leading dairy breeds and genetic companies are joining forces for the first time to host a trade site at the World Dairy Expo in the United States.

The joint site is an initiative of Jersey Australia and will include Holstein Australia, Genetics Australia, AgriGene, Central Sires Co-op with support from the National Herd Improvement Association of Australia (NHIA).

World Dairy Expo will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, in early October.

Jersey Australia general manager Glen Barrett said the trade mission was a great opportunity to take a “team Australia” approach to showcase Australian genetics at the world’s largest dairy cow and trade show.

“We’re seeing significant growth in Australian Jerseys genetics in North America with a large number of bulls now available,” Mr Barrett said.

“We see our involvement in the trade show as a way to grow that market share for Australian Jerseys.”

Mr Barrett said the involvement with Holstein Australia and the genetics companies was part of Jersey Australia’s strategic relationship to grow Australian genetics across the world.

“Companies have been involved at World Dairy Expo on their own but this is the first time we’ve had a total focus on Australian genetics all together on one trade site,” he said.

Genetics Australia export manager Rob Derksen said it was a good time to capitalise on growing demand in North America for Australian genetics.

“We’ve appointed a distributor for some of our bulls and we’re currently putting together our first shipment of Jersey genetics to the US for a number of years,” Mr Derksen said.

“Australia is recognised as having some of the best Jersey genetics in the world, and many Americans and Canadians are now recognising Australia has developed some top genetics from some of Australia’s leading cow families”.

Genetics Australia, which has participated in previous World Dairy Expos, has sent Jersey semen to Canada for the first time in the past six months.

Central Sires Co-operative has recently exported its first batch of semen to the USA.

Chairman Peter Ness said Americans had been looking elsewhere to broaden their genetic base.

“We haven’t been involved previously with World Dairy Expo, but now is the time to have a go,” Mr

Ness said.

“Australia hosted the World Jersey annual meeting about eight years ago and that opened a lot of the delegates’ eyes to the quality of our Jersey cattle.”

Agri-Gene general manager Chris McIllroy will be a first-time exhibitor at the Expo on the back of recent sales of Australian Jersey semen in the US.

“It’s good that everyone is getting together to promote Australian genetics,” he said.

“Globally, people know New Zealand for having good grazing genetics, but they don’t really know Australian.”

Holstein Australia will look for new markets for live heifer exports during its first display at World Dairy Expo.

“About 100,000 heifers go to China every year and we’re keen to see that number grow and to also grow the number of markets,” chief executive Rohan Butler said.

“We’ve had discussions with Pakistan and there are other South-East Asian countries that will be potential buyers that will be at the Expo.”