We invest in organisations such as DataGene and DairyBio to assist farmers with decisions and resources.
We have given DataGene the responsibility to drive genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry. We also invest in a large scale research initiative called DairyBio.
DataGene is an independent and industry-owned organisation that is responsible for developing modern tools and resources to drive genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry, through research, development and extension activities.DataGene brings together many ‘pre-competitive' herd improvement functions under the one umbrella, including genetics, herd testing software,herd recording software and data systems.
Dairy Australia is DataGene’s primary funder. To learn more about Genetics refer to the DataGene website or read the factsheet DataGene: Solutions for herd improvement (PDF, 191KB).
Major new innovations in genetics are undertaken by DairyBio. DairyBio is a joint venture between Dairy Australia and the Victorian Government that invests in large-scale research projects to deliver improved pasture and animal options. This helps to build a more resilient and profitable dairy industry.
- DairyBio is a five-year commitment, from July 2016 to June 2021.
- DairyBio’s legal structure is based on a joint venture agreement between the Victorian Government and Dairy Australia.
- A Board will govern the initiative, and two Co-Directors, appointed by the government and Dairy Australia, will manage the initiative.
- DairyBio will be based at the AgriBio facility at Bundoora, Victoria and will also partner with research facilities at Hamilton and Ellinbank.
- DairyBio will continue important global collaborations, such as a global bull genomes project.
- DairyBio will be able to demonstrate the improvement of pasture performance through the use of a new Forage Value Index.
- DairyBio will be closely connected to all industry initiatives in herd improvement, including genetic evaluation and data recording.
Visit the DairyBio website for more information.