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Many animal welfare issues are integrated into the industry's extension and training programs.

Industry extension and training program 

  • Cool Cows: An extension project to help dairy farmers manage the risk of heat stress in their herds.
  • CowTime: Provides ways to make milking easier and reduce stress in the dairy by ensuring a calm, quiet environment in the dairy. Farmers are encouraged to allow the herd to retain its natural social order resulting in smoother cow flow in and out of the dairy. This results in a lowered potential for lameness and reduces time spent in the milking shed.
  • FutureDairy: Assesses animal behaviour in voluntary (automatic) milking systems.
  • InCalf: Helps farmers improve the fertility of their dairy herds, reducing the need for intervention such as calving induction.
  • Countdown: Helps dairy farmers manage mastitis in their herds, thereby improving herd health and milk quality.
  • DataGene: The Australian dairy industry's independent genetic evaluation service.
  • On-farm QA programs: Ensure farmers have processes in place to manage herd health and welfare risks.
  • Regional Development Programs: Provide access to local networks and service providers such as vets to deliver lameness workshops and calf rearing days for farmers.
  • The People in Dairy: Project that addresses the capability and skills of dairy workers though improved training on farms, recruitment, induction and supervision of staff.

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making. Find out how Focus Farms looks at the factors impacting decisions at any point in time, including seasonal and market conditions.


DataGene is an independent and industry-owned organisation responsible for driving genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry and is an initiative of Dairy Australia and industry.

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