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Western Dairy delivers the full suite of Dairy Australia programs, workshops and training packages alongside specific projects for the WA region.

Western Dairy Programs

  • Copy Link Dairy Farm Monitor Program

    The WA Dairy Farm Monitor Program is an insightful process that collects farm data from up to 30 participating farms each year to benchmark the financial and physical performance of the WA industry. The data is independently verified and collated in a manner that provides a unique snapshot of the performance of our region.

    DFMP Annual Report FY - 2016-2017

    DFMP Annual Report FY - 2015-2016

    DFMP Annual Report FY - 2014-2015

  • Copy Link Dairy Care Program

    Western Dairy is extremely proud of its DairyCare project which supports farmers to review and upgrade their dairy effluent systems. We will respond to any dairy farmer wishing to have their effluent system reviewed by our team (Dan Parnell and Sam Taylor) and farms in qualifying catchments may be eligible to have a plan funded and qualify for funding to support capital works upgrades. We are responsible for allocating tax payer funds to dairy farms and so the process must abide by strict guidelines and codes of conduct. But well worth it in the interests of accessing support that may be as high as $60,000.

    The project is made possible through the State Government's $2.4 million Regional Estuaries Initiative and Revitalising Geography Waterways fund. It is designed to support farmers to design, install and maintain fully enclosed effluent systems in order to reduce nutrient loss off dairy farms and improve water quality of regional estuaries.

    There are many questions that come with DairyCare and the series of fact sheets below may help answer them. If not, please email Sam Taylor at sam@agvivo.com.au

    Information Sheets

    WA Dairy Shed Effluent Management Guidelines (PDF, 2.5 MB)

    WA Water Minimisation Guidelines (PDF, 185 KB)

    Best Practice Environmental Management

    These farm management guidelines are downloadable in the 11 key areas of on-farm environmental management.

    Western Dairy together with project partners DAFWA and Geocatch developed these farm management guidelines based on best environmental practice on WA dairy farms.

    Dairy Farm Environmental Best Practice Management Guidelines

    1. Farm Planning
    2. Soil Management
    3. Fertiliser Management
    4. Water Management
    5. Efficient Irrigation
    6. Effluent Management
    7. Management of Native Vegetation
    8. Waste Management
    9. Weed and Pest Management
    10. Chemical Management
    11. Managing Silage Leachate

    Introduction and contents page

     

  • Copy Link WA Seed Performance Trials (WASP)

    The WA Seed Performance (WASP) Trials is an initiative of Western Dairy that offers a service of independent analysis and education of the pasture management tailored specifically to the WA dairy industry environment.

    What is WASP?

    • An independently run, annual ryegrass trial over two sites (one replicating a milking platform, one replicating a support block) in the heart of WA's Dairy Region.
    • A trial with the opportunity to compare all seed retailers products that are currently sold in WA.
    • An economic analysis at the conclusion of the trail to highlight to Dairy Farmers the potential differences expressed in this trial.

    What is it not?

    A replacement for the Pasture Trial Network (PTN) this is run alongside PTN trials, but will also contain pasture seed being retailed in WA that may not meet criteria for entry into the PTN system.

    About WASP

    The trials are run in accordance with best industry practice protocols, as developed by the PTN trialing system.

    • Data integrity and confidentiality is assured with the independent Western Dairy running the trial.
    • Seed for the trial will be purchased from the rural retail network, and germ tested at the time, to ensure that it is suitable for inclusion in the trial.
    • This trialing and reporting is planned on being run every year for the next 3 years to build a solid data set with multiple years, seasons and to capture new products as they enter the market.

  • Copy Link Western Dairy funded Honours Projects

    Every year Western Dairy calls for expressions of interest from university students completing their honours year or undertaking a PHD with a dairy focus, to consider a project that will contribute to the knowledge bank of WA dairy research.

    In 2018/2019 we have funded two students:

    Shilja Shaji

    Western Dairy has awarded a scholarship to support UWA student Shilja Shaji complete her PhD exploring ways to identify dairy cows that are more likely to suffer from heat stress.

    Heat stress is known to have high impact on dairy businesses, ranging from loss in milk production and income; reduced in-calf rates, reduce milk and fat tests and a higher rate of health problems associated with this.

    The Australian dairy industry released its new breeding value for heat tolerance earlier this year and the research being undertaken through the UWA study will add another piece to the heat tolerance jigsaw.

    Shilja will be exploring the capacity for Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) to detect heat stress in lactating dairy cattle, using samples from milk, saliva and blood. NIRS technology is a proven method of estimating milk components in herd testing laboratories and so the research work hopes to capitalise on this technology opportunity.

    Teanna Cahill

    Western Dairy has awarded an honours scholarship to Murdoch University student Teanna Cahill, to explore the risk factors associated with sub-clinical mastitis and antimicrobial usage in WA dairy herds.

    The results of this research will allow WA farmers to implement specific, relevant improvements to decrease their Somatic Cell Count and increase milk quality and reduce treatment costs, whilst providing some resilience in a changing market.

Initiatives

DataGene

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.

Making herd diets simple: Rumen8

Rumen8 is a free application to help increase dairy cow milk production and reduce feed costs. Rumen8 is easy to use and is supported by the Western Dairy team, register today.

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