farmerjan wrote:There's always some that will defy the odds and any good uddered ones are the ones to keep. If you were going strictly by "genetics" you probably would not have even bred those animals, all the more reason I am not into all this genomics...I want to see some "real" records. I believe that the Fresians you have in NZ are a little different bred than the american holsteins and probably better for grazing and components than here. The new sire summaries are touting the A2/A2 in the jerseys and guernseys but I didn't see it on any of the holsteins, brown swiss or ayshires although it could be there. Since I don't do much relief AI breeding I don't keep up on it as much. How are your milk prices there? I have heard that you guys were really suffering; we went from $22.+ cwt down to $14.50 cwt. and it is breaking the farmers backs. Alot of the farmers that I test for are in their 50's and 60's and several have no one to take over and I look for more to sell out in the next couple of years. Can't say that I blame them. So many of the younger generation don't want the 7 day a week commitment. There's not the "love" of dairy cattle that there seemed to be 40-50 years ago.
I have a couple of farmers that like the "lineback" cattle, they milk pretty good and are beefier and are usually pretty quiet. To each his own. I won't tell anyone mine are better or yours aren't good ones, only try to share what I've seen over the years. I get picked on all the time by several farmers about why I would want a "useless" guernsey.... even though I mostly get my paycheck from "holsteins" they are not my favourite dairy cow.
Milk price has made things very tough here. Fonterra recently announced a 50c lift which will help a lot if it comes through (we still haven't had full payment for last season's milk, it takes about seventeen months for them to fully pay up and anything can happen to the milk price in meantime), but is still below cost of production for a lot of farmers. Debt free and all-grass, I've been pretty much breaking even and no more for the last two years. As most farmers carry some debt, it'll be pulling them down, and if they're locked into irrigation or feed costs it'll be even worse.
Yes, I love the coloured cows and now that I've got a good internet speed have seen a lot of photos of linebacks, flecks, gyr-influenced, Monty's as well as the Red breeds, Swiss, Jersey and Holstein.
Just flicking through the NZ Friesians in LIC catalogue, Beamer is A1A2, Grandeur A2A2, Fire-up A2A2, Hothouse A2A2... so yes, it's definitely available in black and whites if someone wanted to breed them that way. The majority of the daughter proven Jerseys are A2A2.