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:
Heat Detective discussion module
Improve heat detection skills in your farm team, come along to a regular Heat Detective discussion group in your region. Contact your RDP to register.
Heifers on Target
Interested in learning more about getting your heifers on target? At discussion groups, meet and learn how other farmers monitor and achieve optimal heifer growth rates. Contact your RDP to register.
Well grown heifers are more likely to realise their full potential for milk production and recover their rearing costs earlier. Industry data shows that many farms would benefit from better heifer rearing practices.
Low Stress Calving discussion module
An on-farm day held at a host farm, explore the logistics involved in implementing an effective transition cow program. Contact your RDP to register.
Transition Cow Management workshop
This day covers the best practices of lead feeding. Participants understand the massive benefits lead feeding provides via improved cow survival, reproductive performance and cow production. For example, a transition feeding program costs between $20 - $60 per cow but returns up to $200 per cow.
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 dairy reproduction course
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 theory learning to produce a reproductive management plan for your herd. Contact your RDP to register.
What you'll learn on the program:
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
Contact your local RDP to find out more about courses and to register.