Leigh “Skeeta” Verhay has a bit of a problem on his dairy farm at Koondrook in Northern Victoria, not that he’s complaining about it.
Skeeta aims to raise about 80 heifers annually over two joinings, but this year he’s likely to get that number in just one joining.
He’s not a fan of the export market so Skeeta has to decide what to do with the excess numbers. It’s a good problem to have and the extras, made possible by his successful relationship with VikingGenetics, have allowed Skeeta to improve the quality of his herd.
“I only need 80 heifers a year as replacements for my culls,” Skeeta says. “Because I’m rearing so many, I wanted to focus on my best cows and bring in the best genetics.
“It allows me to put pressure on the herd; it’s a really good opportunity to cull hard and get the cow I want, physically and health wise.”
The extras have allowed Skeeta to boost his herd to 350-380 this coming spring.
Great results with X-Vik sexed semen
“I don’t like the export market; I’m just a regular dairy farmer in it for the milk - so I’ll just milk them but I’m going to be sensible about it and make sure it’s profitable,” he says. He can also sell on the lucrative local market.
Skeeta says using VikingGenetics has been the cornerstone of his success for many years, and it keeps getting better.
Last season he used X-Vik sexed semen for the first time and he’s extremely happy with the results.
With X-Vik sexed semen, Skeeta has achieved 56% pregnant in a synchronised heifer program, and 40% on 81 cows of average age 50 months from 40 days post-partum on natural heats.