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Animal Health and Wellbeing Programs

The programs and projects DairyTas runs or supports are listed by the strategic priorities of DairyTas and Dairy Australia.

A number of courses are delivered by our major partners TasTAFE or TIA and are supported by DairyTas with resources and quality assurance.

To view a list of upcoming events, please visit our events calendar.

  • Copy Link Cups On, Cups Off


    Cups On, Cups Off

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    The course is designed for anyone who milks cows on a regular basis. It is not designed for people who have no dairy milking experience.

    GOALS OF THE COURSE

    • To gain an understanding of how mastitis infections occur, and how the milking process can influence the risk of mastitis infections
    • To develop an action plan for achieving best practice in their individual role in milk harvesting
    • To develop a list of potential actions that could enable the farm team to work towards best practice in milk harvesting on the farm

    COURSE OUTLINE

    This is a 1 and a half day course (Day 1 – 9:30 to 2:30pm, Day 2 – 9:30 to 12) conducted in the classroom with a Countdown accredited trainer. This course is an accredited course that gives participants a Level 2 – Milk Livestock competency.

    Topics covered during the course include:

    • How and why infections occur
    • What does mastitis really cost?
    • Teat disinfection
    • Managing clinical cases
    • Milking machines, impacts and milk let down
    • Practical ways to prevent mastitis
    • Milk harvesting general knowledge
    • Milking machine maintenance
    • Making a farm plan

    RESOURCES THAT WILL BE USED

    Expressions of interest

    Please contact TasTAFE on:

    Phone: (03) 6477 7480
    Email: admin.primaryindustriesnw@tastafe.tas.edu.au

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    Euthanase Livestock

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    Anyone on farm who will be responsible for euthanasing any livestock.

    OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE

    1. To learn or update knowledge and skills for euthanasia of dairy cattle
    2. To reduce the risk of adverse publicity affecting the industry

    COURSE OUTLINE

    Humane Euthanasia of Livestock course is a one day course (9.30am till 3pm).  The course is conducted in two parts.

    A theoretical morning session that covers:

    • Methods and criteria for livestock euthanasia – including why Euthanase an animal.
    • The law – including what is in the standards, the difference between a standard and a guideline and what the legal methods of Euthanasia are.
    • How death occurs – covering the anatomy of the skull and impacts it has on the most effective place to shoot.
    • Firearms – discussing the types of firearms available and best options for the different classes of livestock.  Includes angle of shot information and location of shot.
    • Captive bolts – covers the types of captive bolts, pros and cons of their use, location of shot and what can go wrong without training.
    • Blunt force trauma – when it is legally allowed to be used
    • How to confirm death – covers the 5 finger head check
    • Follow up methods – what methods can be used to ensure death e.g. pithing or bleeding
    • Myths – busting a few miss-conceptions about euthanasing livestock.

    A practical afternoon session where participants have the opportunity to practice the correct use and handling of a captive bolt device.

    Practical activities are spread throughout the course to help participants with their understanding.

    The course is an accredited course.  Participants undertake the Certificate 3 in Agriculture subject/component – Euthanase Livestock.

    RESOURCES THAT WILL BE USED

    Due to the sensitivity of this course course resources are only available to those who attend the training. Some fact sheets and the Welfare Standards and Guidelines that affect Dairy Farmers can be found on the Dairy Australia Website.

    Additional resources are listed below.

    Expressions of interest

    Please contact TasTAFE on:

    Phone: (03) 6477 7480
    Email: admin.primaryindustriesnw@tastafe.tas.edu.au

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    Healthy Hooves

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    The course is suitable for all members of the farm team.

    GOALS OF THE COURSE

    • To learn about the costs of lameness
    • How to prevent lameness through good management and handling practices
    • How to recognise lame cows
    • How to safely examine lame cows
    • How to treat some of the common types of lameness.

    COURSE OUTLINE

    This one day (9.30am - 3pm) workshop involves both theoretical and practical sessions on the management, prevention and treatments of lameness in a dairy herd.

    Topics covered during the course include:

    • An understanding of the costs of lameness, management factors that can affect prevalence How to identify a lame cow
    • How to safely restrain and examine the lame cow
    • An understanding of the most common causes of lameness in Australian dairy herds
    • Knowledge of the principles of treatment
    • Understanding of the key aspects of treatment for the most common lesions
    • Familiarity with equipment necessary for examining and treating lame cows
    • Demonstration of the ability to clean the sole, pare with a hoof knife and use an angle grinder
    • Administration of a block and/or cowslip
    • Familiarity with restraining a cow and examining a foot in a crush
    • Observation of lesions in cows’ feet (subject to availability and time).

    During the afternoon practical session participants will be able to:

    • Use tools that are required for examination of the foot
    • Practice safe paring/angle grinder use on a cows hoof
    • Practice putting on a block/cowslip
    • View the safe restraint of a cow in crush
    • View the safe lifting of a leg
    • Examine some lame cows feet
    • If available, view the use of a tipper crush in treating lameness

    RESOURCES THAT WILL BE USED

    Also available at the workshop will be (only in print form):

    • Healthy Hooves Lameness Score Poster
    • Healthy Hooves Field Guide
    • Healthy Hooves Manual

    Expressions of interest

    For information and course dates, please contact DairyTas on:

    Phone: 6432 2233

    Email: admin@dairytas.net.au

    For more information visit the Lameness or difficulty moving page .

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    Transition Cow Management

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    The course is suitable for any farm member who will be involved with transitioning dry cows to milking cows on the farm. It will be helpful if they are also able to suggest or make changes on the farm to the transition program.

    OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP

    • To provide people with information about what is involved with a good transition cow diet.
    • To provide practical information on how to implement, monitor and review a transition cow management plan on farm.

    WORKSHOP OUTLINE

    The Transition Cow Management Workshop is designed for farmers as an intensive one day program focusing on the various aspects of the transition period for a dairy herd. Topics covered on the day are:

    • Aims and benefits of good transition cow management
    • Managing milk fever risk, heifers, length of feeding and the six different approaches to transition feeding
    • Developing a farm specific Action Plan
    • Making the Transition Cow Management Action Plan work on farm and monitoring the plan as it is implemented.

    BACKGROUND

    Transition cow management is one of the most significant advances in dairy nutrition and production over the past 20 years. Around 80% of cow health problems happen around the time of calving.

    Providing the right nutrition for cows for 3 weeks prior to calving can greatly improve calving ease, cow and calf welfare, milk production and reproductive performance. A transition feeding program costs only $20 - $60 per cow but returns up to $200 per cow.

    However, a recent Dairy Australia survey found only 70% farmers have a structured transition cow management nutrition program and only half of those use an approach capable of meeting all the cow's nutritional needs.

    RESOURCES THAT WILL BE USED

    Expressions of interest

    This course is presented by either TIA (one day workshop) or TasTAFE (2 day workshop). Contact your local course coordinator for more information on which courses will be run.

    For information, course dates and locations, please contact DairyTAS on:

    Mobile: 6432 2233

    Email: admin@dairytas.net.au

    Advice, booklets and checklists on transition cow management available from Dairy Australia's Transition Cow Management page.

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    Heifers on Target

    Target Audience

    Members of the farm team who are involved with rearing calves/heifers beyond weaning.

    Goal Of The Course

    • Awareness of the importance of good heifer rearing
    • Introduction to some different ways to benchmark heifers
    • Demonstration of tools for heifer management

    Course Outline

    A discussion group format session that is held on a host farm.  The interactive session is 2 hours long (possibly slightly longer if host farm heifers are viewed).

    Depending on the facilitator, host farm and available resources the session will include:

    • Hearing from the host farmer about their heifer management post weaning
    • Facilitated discussion on heifer management which covers topics such as:
      • Why good heifer management is important
      • What an ideal heifer is
      • Heifer benchmarks
      • What you can measure
      • Various levels of evidence
        • Weights
        • Herd test
        • Birth dates/IDs/Calving dates
        • Age structure of the herd
    • Demonstration of the online tools available – only if internet connection is possible.
    • Opportunity to view the host farms heifers

     

    Resources That Will Be Used

    “Heifers on Target:  A guide to growing more productive heifers” booklet: 

    Heifer on Target tool  

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    InCalf herd fertility

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    The course is designed for any farm member who will be able to access information about herd fertility on the farm and suggest and make changes on the farm.

    OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE

    • To allow people to understand the impact that herd fertility can have on farm profitability
    • To assist participants to develop their own herd fertility plan
    • To improve people’s understanding of what impacts on herd fertility and what farm management practices can be changed to improve herd fertility.
    • To improve understanding of the tools available to help people with improving their farm’s herd fertility.
    COURSE OUTLINE

    The InCalf herd fertility course is designed for farmers with on-farm and interactive class-room activities as part of the course. It is conducted over five days over a minimum of a five week period.

    Topics covered during the course include:

    • Day 1 focuses on building the foundations for why fertility is important.On-farm day.
    • Day 2 focuses on the impact of submission rate and heat detection on herd fertility.Class-room day.
    • Day 3 looks at the impact of heifer care, bull care and cow health has on overall long term fertility.Class-room day.
    • Day 4 is the transition cow management workshop.Focuses on getting the diet right at calving to prevent diseases.Class-room day.
    • Day 5 looks at creating a breeding plan with tools available with time to review and implement learnings on own farm.On-farm day.

    BACKGROUND

    Good herd fertility is fundamental to running a profitable and sustainable dairy farm. The InCalf herd fertility course has resources that cover all the key areas necessary for improving your herd’s reproductive performance.

    RESOURCES THAT WILL BE USED

    Expressions of interest

    For information and course dates, please contact DairyTas on:

    Phone: 6432 2233

    Email: admin@dairytas.net.au

    For more information on herd fertility downloads, webinars, reports and more please visit Dairy Australia's herd fertility resources.

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    Rearing Healthy Calves

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    The course is suitable for members of the farm team that will be involved with calf rearing or management.

    GOALS OF THE COURSE

    • Participants have an appreciation that preparation for calving begins well before the calves reach the shed
    • Participants know where to find additional resources to gain better understanding of the managing the transition period, bull selection and improving heifer growth and development.
    COURSE OUTLINE

    This course can be presented in two different formats.

    • Format 1 – One day workshop (10am - 2:30 pm)
    • Format 2 – 3 x 2 hour sessions held over multiple days

    Regardless of the presentation format, topics covered include:

    • Clean, comfortable environment - Understanding that to build a calf shed that works requires planning and even possibly professional input and there is no single best calf rearing environment.
    • Identification and traceability - Understanding that the impact of poorly identified calves and lack of traceability may significantly affect the whole of the dairy industry.
    • Colostrum management - Understand that colostrum management is one of the most important steps in calf management and feeding colostrum may have greater long term benefits too.
    • Good nutrition - Understand the basics of calf nutrition and that magic bullets and high priced supplements are not necessarily the answer.
    • Residue risk management - Understand the risks to industry associated antibiotic residues in calves sold for slaughter and being conscious that the vast majority of residues come from treating calf scours (not dry cow).
    • Health Management - Understand the importance of the five key disease prevention strategies and realise that calves die from too little fluid replacement not from what is in/or not in the electrolyte used.
    • Weaning Management - Why weaning is a critical point in calf rearing and develop strategies to limit the impact of weaning on calf health and growth including continuing to monitor heifer development.
    • Care before transport and sale - Understanding of the new national welfare legislation and how to comply. Failure to meet national welfare standards could lead to prosecution.

    RESOURCES THAT WILL BE USED

    Expressions of interest

    This course is presented by either TIA (one day workshop) or TasTAFE (2 day workshop). Contact your local course coordinator for more information on which courses will be run.

    For information, course dates and locations, please contact Lesley Irvine at TIA on: 

    Mobile: 0428 880 287

    Email: lesley.irvine@utas.edu.au