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Managing animal health and fertility is important for farm profitability.

  • Animal Health and Welfare On farm change management

    Animal Health and Welfare - On farm change management

    Objectives

    To promote best practices in animal husbandry on-farm.

    3 year plan focus

    • Adoption of Biosecurity planning for endemic diseases such as Bovine Johne'™s Disease (BJD), Bovine Pestivirus (BVDV), Mycoplasma and digital dermatitis and Emergency Animal Disease preparedness on farms.
    • Uptake of œHealthy Hooves resources to reduce and manage lameness (under Addressing Animal Health & Welfare Priorities initiative).
    • Continued support for post graduate dairy veterinary residencies
    • A seasonal risk monitoring service for Facial Eczema

  • Improving reproductive performance

    Improving Reproductive Performance

    Objectives

    To improve national herd fertility and on-farm reproductive performance.

    3 year plan focus

    • InCalf (Fertility)“ 2nd edition of InCalf Book
    • Adviser training & support (Repro Right 3 & 4)
    • Extension support for phase out of calving induction

    More information:

    For more information, contact InCalf.

  • Managing milk quality

    Managing Milk Quality

    Objectives

    To protect and improve industry profitability through improved milk quality.

    3 year plan focus

    • Maintenance of Countdown (Milk quality) delivery Adviser Short course update, dry off consultation, Cups On Cups Off courses
    • Milk microbial quality (Microbes in Milk™) project

    More information:

    For more information, contact: countdown2020@dairyaustralia.com.au 

Animal health and fertility

Market need/context

  • Reproductive performance of the Australian dairy herd is limiting farm profitability and business resilience. Meeting market requirements for raw milk quality requires continual improvement in on-farm practices. Animal husbandry practices are under growing scrutiny from consumers and customers.
  • Target audiences include dairy farm owners, managers and workers, and service providers such as milk company field officers, dairy veterinarians, animal genetics and herd improvement organisation employees, livestock agents and transporters.

General approach/strategy

  • The industry's 10 year strategy to lift herd fertility developed by the DMF Reproduction Steering Group requires improvements across a raft of on-farm practices underpinned by better genetics for cow fertility. Adoption will be principally driven through the InCalf initiative and ADHIS activities working with a range of collaborators (below).
  • Success in the milk quality area requires daily application of best practices on-farm. The Countdown initiative already offers an excellent range of training, tools and resources. Closer partnerships with the milk processors will increase the reach and uptake of these industry assets.
  • Animal health and welfare priorities can be influenced by region, season, animal activism, regulatory and trade issues. A nimble and tailored approach to RDE&E is required to effectively address these issues across the industry.

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making.

DairyBase

DairyBase is a web-based tool that enables dairy farmers to measure and compare their farm business performance over time.

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