Fertility learning programs
The InCalf program runs a number of courses, workshops and discussion groups to assist farmers with improving the fertility of their herd. These are all run through your RDP.
Courses, workshops and discussion groups
Learning options for you and your farm team are:
The Heat Detective discussion module
Heat detection can make a huge impact on your herd’s reproductive performance.
This workshop will show you and your team the correct way to use heat detection aids, timing of insemination for better herd reproduction, and assessing heat detection efficiency. Contact your RDP to register.
Heifers on Target
The way a cow looks is only part of the story of their health. Learn which growth targets to set and achieve for your heifer’s potential, and the feed guidelines necessary to meet these rates.
At discussion groups, meet and learn how other farmers monitor and achieve optimal heifer growth rates. Contact your RDP to register.
Low Stress Calving discussion module
Calving can change every aspect of your heifer’s biology, so this module will teach you effective transition nutrition to minimise the stress and impact on their health, and also to minimise the risk of infection and milk fever. This is an essential component of any dairy farm with a reproduction program. Contact your RDP to register.
Transition Cow Management workshop
A good transition diets is essential to lessen the possibility of health problems around the time of calving. This one day workshop covers best practices of lead feeding, and how to improve your herd feeding regime for a better Return On Investment. For example, a transition feeding program costs between $20 - $60 per cow but returns up to $200 per cow. One of Dairy Australia’s most popular workshops, this has been running for over ten years.
During the day, participants will learn why lead feeding works and what needs to be considered when improving their lead feeding regime. Contact your RDP to register.
InCharge fertility course
This 5-day series hosted on-farm will take you through everything you need to consider to build an effective herd reproductive management plan and improve your farm’s fertility. Two days are practical and three days are hands-on. You’ll leave the workshop with a clear herd fertility plan. Contact your RDP to register.
What you'll learn on the program:
This is a course for dairy owners, share-farmers, managers and service providers that runs over a 5 week period with participants meeting 1 day per week. It involves 2 days of on-farm discussion group learning and 3 days of classroom learning.
Day 1- On farm
This day demonstrates the impact reproductive performance has on the operation of a farm. Participants look how reproduction performance can be used to exploit the natural characteristics of a farm, and consider how manipulation of reproductive performance can assist in achieving farmers goals.
Day 2- Classroom
Participants look at how submission rates, heat detection, conception rates and calving pattern affect herd reproductive performance.
Day 3- Classroom
Synchrony programs, bull fertility, replacement heifers and cow health are topics addressed on this day.
Day 4- Classroom
This day is devoted to transition cow management.
Day 5- On farm
On this day, participants put the knowledge that they have learnt through the course into practice. They analyse the farm's past reproductive performance, and look for opportunities for improvement. Genetics and body condition scoring are also covered on this day
Healthy calves farmer workshop
Learn practical skills such as how to reduce antimicrobial residues and much more at this hands-on workshop. By the end of the workshop you and your team will know exactly what it takes to rear calves which become healthy cows. Contact your RDP to register.
Repro Right Advanced InCalf advisor program
A course for advisers that will provide the necessary skills, knowledge and resources to work with farmers to improve their reproductive performance. Contact your local RDP to find out more about courses and to register or find out more.
Webinar - Oestrus synchrony
Watch this webinar to learn in detail the pros and cons of synchrony as a fertility program, the main types of synchrony and how success can be measured in a program on your farm. Watch this webinar on YouTube.
Webinar - Do it yourself AI techniques
Does your artificial insemination technique need improving? Chances are, if you aren’t getting the results you want, you could do with some pointers. Watch this webinar on YouTube to learn simple tools to improve your AI technique.
Webinar - Phasing out calving induction
In keeping with the industry-wide phase-out of calving induction, learn the alternatives and the reasoning behind it in this webinar, watch it on YouTube.