The legendary Australian Holstein Sire MEDALLION – Bundalong Marks Medallion VG86, passed away last week just short of his 14th birthday.
Very few bulls have been held in such high regard by the farming community as MEDALLION. Bred by Brian and Bill Anderson of Bundalong Holstein’s, Kongwak, Victoria, this son of another breed Legend, INFORMER was born in July 2005. His breeding value contains many thousands of daughters and he still ranks amongst the breed’s best for Mammary Systems and Farmer Likeability. MEDALLION entered service just before the commencement of the genomic era but was featured in the first group of bulls anywhere in the world to be marketed based on their genomic breeding values. The recent Leading Edge Genetics Newsletter paid tribute to MEDALLION by saying, “Many sires around the world have been dubbed a ‘great bull’.
The recently retired Holstein sire Medallion from Genetics Australia is one such bull. His ability to produce a cow that suits Australian conditions is unparalleled”. Brian Anderson, MEDALLION’s breeder said, “I feel a sense of pride when I hear unsolicited comments from other farmers about MEDALLION daughters or I read positive comments about them on social media”. Genetics Australia’s Breeding and Genetics Manager, Peter Thurn said “few bulls since JUDGE have had the impact that MEDALLION has. The consistency of his daughters and their magnificent udders cannot be matched. If I had to choose one bull to exemplify our breeding program and goal, it would be MEDALLION”.
MEDALLION was hugely popular amongst the Genetic Australia staff and will be sorely missed.