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We have produced a range of info sheets and tools to help you manage the health and welfare of your cows, and your business risks, during challenging periods.

Managing in hot conditions

Shifting weather patterns and a trend towards higher temperatures means heat stress and its impact is becoming a serious issue for Australian dairy farmers.

Our Cool Cows program offers farmers a range of information and tools to help manage cows in hot conditions.

Useful pages on the Cool Cows website include:

Being ready to respond to excessive heat load events

Keeping an eye on the weather using the ‘Weather Forecaster’ tool

Counting cow breaths to check how well they are coping

Taking action in the heat

Hot season management and feeding strategies

Hot conditions could also affect your power supply. Preparing for power outages (PDF, 203kb) helps you develop a contingency plan that will save time and keep the dairy operational during a power outage.

If the power does go out, our tips for Milking through power outages (PDF, 178kb) will help minimise recovery efforts by keeping the farm working during a prolonged power disruption.

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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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