Seminars cover complete approach to business - Tuesday, January 23

By Dairy News

9.30 AM

ImProving Herds — Presented by DataGene

ImProving Herds has been a cornerstone R&D Project funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation and Dairy Australia and led by Agriculture Victoria with collaborative support from DataGene, Holstein Australia and the National Herd Improvement Association of Australia. ImProving Herds set out to look at how farmers could improve their rates of genetic gain by demonstrating the value of genetics and herd improvement. The project aims to encourage farmers to make informed “evidence based” herd decisions to influence farm profitability and strengthening the dairy industry overall. DataGene’s Project Liaison Manager, Erika Oakes and Genetic Evaluation Manager Michelle Axford will provide an insight into the research outcomes and how these can be implemented on farm.

10.45 AM

What the MUC — Presented by MaxCare

This presentation will centre on assisting farmers to move towards highly efficient calf rearing systems. It will include practical tips which can be implemented the next day, along with some interesting case studies from Matthew Petersen’s time in the industry. Matthew has worked in the local dairy industry in Southern NSW for 6 years. He regularly consults to the local dairy region on all aspects of calf health. His focus has centred on peri-calving care, colostrum management, hygiene and infrastructure, calf behaviour, nutrition and staff training. Matthew is proud to work with many farms in the area who continue to exceed industry animal health benchmarks with efficient calf rearing systems.


Lift milk production and improve cow health without in-feed antibiotics — Presented by Provico

Clara Berger from LeSaffre Phileo Animal Care division is nutritionist based in the EU, where antibiotics (including in-feed ionophores) have been removed from dairy diets due to regulatory constraints. LeSaffre is one of the world’s largest yeast manufacturers with a commitment to animal health and performance. LeSaffre has generated significant trial data to give dairy farmers confidence in using non-antibiotic feed ingredients to increase fibre digestion and milk production, avoid risk of rumen acidosis, reduce SCC and also mitigate the negative production effects of heat stress and feed changes. Clara’s talk offers practical and proven ways of improving rumen and cow health without in-feed antibiotics.

1.15 PM

How choosing the correct cow bedding improves health and production — Presented by McLanahan Corporation

During this seminar we will highlight the link between cell count, herd health, stability, comfort and bedding materials on intensive and semi intensive dairy farms. We will discuss the emerging trends in bedding types and re-use practices, along with the new technologies that are available to help dairy farmers reduce risks and the costs associated with adequately housing their dairy cows. Andrew Lenehan is the Technical Sales Specialist at McLanahan Corporation and has spent his whole life involved in the agricultural industry. He has been involved in Australia’s largest single site dairy farm providing advice and a system to remove the sand from manure and to assist in the drying process to help eliminate bacteria and pathogens.

2.30 PM

Vaccination — Getting it right so that you don’t waste your money — Presented by Zoetis

Why, how and when can you get vaccination right? Vaccination will assist with disease prevention, improved herd health and better conception rates thus the potential to make decisions that increase profitability is vital. Andy Hancock, Veterinary Operations Manager (Livestock), will answer these questions and more about vaccinations. Andy graduated from Charles Sturt University in Wagga in 2010 and began his career working at The Vet Group, Timboon. At The Vet Group he was a mixed practice veterinarian with an emphasis on dairy cattle. Between 2013 and 2016, whilst embedded at The Vet Group and still working as a full time clinician, Andy completed the University of Melbourne Dairy Residency Program obtaining a Masters in Veterinary Studies/Masters of Veterinary Science and Membership of the ANZCVS in Veterinary Epidemiology.