Gippsland farmer Wayne Kuhne thinks his new VikingJersey heifers will revolutionize his herd unlike anything since the 1980s. Wayne and his wife Lisa milk 450 cows at Bushlea Jerseys at Koonwarra in South Gippsland, Australia.
Looking for a point of difference, two years ago they turned to VikingGenetics’ Danish Jersey using VJ Quintana and VJ Hitman, and now they’re seeing the benefits in health, production, and type.
“We’re just milking our first Quintanas and Hitmans and we’re extremely happy with their look and their performance,” Wayne says, and continues: “I think they’re going to have a huge influence on the herd, similar to what the North American genetics did in the early 1980s.”
“The animals are nice and open, they’re strong and clean and they’ve got good udders. From the health perspective, there are 15 VJ Quintana cows in the herd and they haven’t had any antibiotics since calving and they’ve all been joined between 42 and 60 days.”
Profitable Jersey cows
Wayne and Lisa have been on the farm for 25 years, but the family farming history goes back to 1945 when Wayne’s grandfather Norm started Bushlea Jerseys, which was continued by his parents Keith and Pat.
It has been a Jersey herd since the start. “We find them easy to work with and think they’re a really profitable cow,” Wayne said. “We have a fairly high stocking rate with 450 cows milked off a 120-hectare milking platform. That’s quite intense so Jerseys suit our set-up.”
Keith echoes Wayne’s thoughts about the impact of VikingJersey. “These Quintana’s remind me a lot of the bull A9 Top Brass who we used in the ‘80s,” he said. “They have beautiful open muzzles and are taller and powerful but cleaner. They made a change, just as these Quintanas have done here now.”