International Dairy Week will again feature a wide range of informative seminars. All seminars will be presented at the Ballantyne Centre at Tatura Park.
Tuesday, January 22
9.30am: The benefits of probiotics in Calf Rearing
Presented by: Daviesway Dasco Vet Dr Robyn Plunkett BVSc graduated in 1982 from the University of Queensland. Since graduating she has gained years of experience with dairy
cattle. Having a passion for cow health and interest in preventative medicine has led to extensive work with probiotics. Dr Plunkett will speak on the role and benefits of probiotics during the milk feeding phase.
10.15am: Think differently about pre-weaning nutrition
Presented by: MaxCare Renown ruminant nutritionist Ian Sawyer will challenge the traditional model of early calf nutrition. This discussion will focus on the importance of getting
the early nutrition right in pre-weaned calves to deliver significant whole-of-life production benefits in the herd.
1.30pm: The Future of Farming
Presented by: Lely Dairy Australia Lely has a firm belief in the power of progress and improvement. Ever since the company was founded, it has generated new ideas to make the lives of farmers easier, the business more successful, and the future of agriculture brighter. The barn and shed solutions are all centred around free cow traffic. This benefits dairy farmers by providing from more flexibility in day-to-day activities. Management systems link several business processes, such as milking and feeding, together. This results in real-time information on the animals, placing quick and efficient decision making within easy reach. Gert Aerts has years extensive knowledge of dairy farming and practical experience and research results that, combined, allow the company to offer accurate management advice for successful automatic milking and grazing.
Wednesday, January 23
9.30am Managing Cryptosporidium Parvum in Calves
Presented by: ProviCo
Cryptosporidiosis is common; a recent study of dairy farms in Australia demonstrated that it was contributing to calf scours on nearly 60 per cent of dairy farms. In this seminar, Adjunct Professor Ian Lean provides a review of Crypto and best management practices including innovations in the prevention and control of Crypto in calves.
10.45am: Chromosomal Mating - The Science in Geneticsm: the Art of Mating - creating the most profitable herd
Presented by: Stgenetics Chromosomal mating is a well-established science in a modern, efficient, flexible new suite. Today's genomic mating programs are rapidly growing in popularity as they provide the most accurate information. Chromosomal mating is a multi-functional program to meet the needs of markets in different countries and regions optimising whole herd profitability, managing recessive disorders in the herd, maximising herds genomic Estimated Breeding Value and the frequencies of beneficial haplotypes or genomic regions and accounts for the impact of inbreeding. Expand the selection intensity and accuracy of selection of the herd with sexed semen and genomic testing. Maximise all of the above with selection of high ranking Eco Feed sires.
1.30pm: Dairy Hygiene Best Practice
Presented by: Daviesway Dasco With milk quality such an important part of any dairy business, Hamish Hunt will speak on good dairy hygiene practices in all types of dairy parlours. Mr Hunt has a keen interest in precision agriculture for dairy and is a chemical process designer specialising in applications for dairy, chemical and bio-pharmaceutical industries for 30 years.
2.45pm Biosecurity and why it matters
Presented by: Murray Dairy Let's talk about biosecurity -- what does it mean to the Australian dairy industry? From border security to vaccination and signs on the gate, join Sarah
Chaplin to understand how this all fits together to protect the dairy industry and the farm business. Find out what farmers need to do to manage biosecurity on
their farm, and how best to spend their time and money. Presented by Dr Sarah Chaplin
Thursday, January 24
11.30am: Virtual Farm Tour and Luncheon with Blondin Sires
Presented by: Agri-Gene
More than six years ago Dann Brady began with Ferme Blondin to develop their elite genetics and embryo business. Blondin is not a "traditional farm", with 5-10 flushes every week and new animals being genomic tested all the time. Two years ago Ferme Blondin made the decision to begin its own artificial insemination company that focuses on high genomic type combined with great pedigrees, production and health traits. Come and listen to Mr Brady talk about the unique challenges of each day.