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Read about the objectives and 3 year plan focus of our Managing Milk Quality program and listings of our Countdown advisers, including vets and milking machine techs.

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    Countdown Farm Guidelines

    Practical advice on mastitis control

    Essential guidelines for everyone who milks cows, providing advice on all aspects of mastitis control and milk quality and covers best practices at each stage of the cow’s lactation.
    The guidelines integrate with the Countdown Mastitis Toolkit App and support the revised 'Cups On Cups' Off course offered by the NCDE.

    Order your Countdown Farm Guidelines here

    Dairy farmers can order a free hard copy. Just supply your postcode and your Dairy Australia dairy enterprise number (which can be found on recent correspondence from Dairy Australia or by contacting our member information line on 1800 004 377).

    For all others the cost is $25 per copy including postage within Australia.

    Countdown Farm Guidelines for Mastitis Control (PDF, 5MB)

    The Guidelines are underpinned by the Countdown Technotes - a comprehensive manual for farm advisers that provide the the rationale behind each Farm Guideline recommendation, scientific context, practical tips and key references for further reading.

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    Countdown people and team

    Countdown trained advisers

    Countdown Adviser Short Course gives milking machine techs, vets, and other dairy advisers a framework for working with clients. 

    Please click on the links below to see the dairy vets, techs and advisers who have completed Countdown's Adviser Short Courses. The lists are sorted by State, then town/city, then surname.

    Advisers please note: you will not appear on this list until you have completed your final assessment.

    Countdown MQ Adviser training

    The Countdown MQ Advisor training provides milking machine technicians, dairy vets and other dairy advisers with a wealth of up-to-date technical information, the opportunity to practise new investigation techniques and a framework for working with farmer clients on mastitis and milk quality issues.

    This course includes 3 two-day workshops spread over 6 months, with online learning modules and on farm assignments to complete before each workshop. 

    Next Course:

    Please subscribe to the Countdown 2020 program e-subscriber list to receive notification of future courses. 

    Mastitis Focus Report

    If you have any comments about the list please contact Countdown

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    Countdown Shed Guides and videos

    Countdown Shed Guides

    The Shed Guides are designed to be used by milkers and farm managers as visual guides for prevention, monitoring and treatment of mastitis. These practical step-by-step Shed Guides are water resistant and can be hung up in the dairy shed for easy reference.

    Farmers ordering the Shed Guides will also receive a bonus high quality Dairy Australia milking apron.

    Order your copy of the Countdown Shed Guides here.

    View our Countdown shed guides - Prevent, monitor and treat (PDF, 2MB)

    Countdown videos

    Treatment of clinical mastitis

    Walk through the steps involved in treating a cow with clinical mastitis.

    Rapid Mastitis Testing

    How to use a Rapid Mastitis Test to identify if a cow has subclinical mastitis.


    Pre-Milking Teat Preparation

    Learn about pre-milking teat preparation to reduce the risk of clinical mastitis and improve milking performance.

    Dry Cow Treatment

    Showing the basic techniques of how to dry off cows at the end of lactation.

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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