Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 11 (EX-91), has taken out the top BPI award at the 2016 Victorian Winter Fair this week, continuing the dominance of the Jessica cow family bred by the Hore family at Leitchville, Victoria.
The Balanced Performance Index (BPI) Highest Female Award was presented by the Australian Dairy Improvement Scheme (ADHIS) in collaboration with Holstein Australia and the Victorian Winter Fair committee.
Of all females animals entered in the Winter Fair, Jessica 11 had the top BPI calculated by ADHIS in its May 2016 evaluations.
With a BPI of 225, Jessica 11 is well above the breed average of 0; putting her in the top 2% of Australian herd recorded Holstein cows based on genetic merit for profit. She also among the best in the country for health and type with a HWI of 190 and TWI of 259.
Daniel Abernethy from ADHIS said Jessica 11 typified the sort of cow that many dairy farmers aspired to breed.
“Standout cows are those with the combination of profitable milk production, strong conformation characteristics and the genes to produce the next generation of great cows. Jessica 11 has just that,” Mr Abernethy said.
The Hore family has taken the achievement a step further in developing a cow family of exceptional performers.
Jessica 11’s sister, Elmar Goldwyn Jessica 4 (EX-93-3E) took out the top BPI award at last year’s Winter Fair.
In 2015 the Jessica cow family created history in claiming IDW’s top three awards, Grand, Reserve and Honourable Mention.