DataGene – the dairy industry’s new organisation to drive herd improvement – is releasing two new tools to make it easier for farmers to use herd records for management decisions.
Proven resilience from a mix of pad feeding and pastures has set a Brisbane Valley dairy farming family for the next generation.
Southern Australian dairy farmers are being urged to replenish their paddocks after a long growing season of high pasture yields.
Converting a second farm for dairying, breeding up the expansion milking herd and commissioning a new grain ration mill made for a big 2016 for Queensland farmers Jason and Lisa Rozynski.
THE FIRST new dairy farm to open in the Huon Valley in more than 50 years aims to prove that small, organic farms can be financially sustainable by thinking outside the square.
AUSTRALIAN dairy farmers considering housing their cows should give them choices, according to a visiting Canadian animal welfare researcher.
NEW ZEALAND farmer Rex Butterworth follows a simple philosophy: keeping his cows happy and healthy.
WHEN Fredrick Oesch founded SwissLane Dairy in Alto, Michigan in USA on 36ha in 1915, his family farm was “out in the country,” and the concept of being a good community neighbor was one that was often taken for granted.
RECENTLY, I dropped one of the family cars into the service centre in the morning for what I expected to be a normal routine service.
Farmers and graziers are being encouraged to soil test this spring to identify opportunities to improve farm productivity and profitability next year.
THE foundations of a sustainable dairy enterprise for Darling Downs, Queensland, farmers Steve and Jenny McCarthy have been built on more than 70 years of improved Jersey genetics.
WHEN Nancy Cato wrote her book “All the Rivers Run” she could not have foreseen the situation of NW Victoria in 2011 nor 2016.
At a time when Australia’s dairy industry has been under unprecedented pressure, dairy farmers of the New South Wales Mid Coast have rallied with Hunter Local Land Services (Hunter LLS) to initiate the innovative Mid-Coast Adaptable Dairy Farming Systems Project.
BREEDING needs to focus on fertility and health traits as part of an integrated approach to herd management that lasted over the cow’s lifetime.
GREG Ault’s Holstein herd ranks in Australia’s top 10% but he doesn’t use the most expensive bulls on the market. His experience proves that you don’t have to pay top dollar to breed a top herd.
ROGER Heffernan says he’s nearly ready to fully step back from the farm he grew up on with his parents and five siblings.
WHEN the sun shines on Katandra West – and it often does – Gayle and Laurie Clark kick their machinery into gear.
SPRING grazing management and silage are currently top of mind for dairy farmers and Dairy Australia has released two new resources to help in the decision-making process.
DAVID Basham always knew his family’s farming history on the Fleurieu went back a long way, now he knows just how far.
THE number of dairy animals DNA tested – or genotyped – in Australia has escalated in the four years since commercial services became available with improvements in reliability, lower costs and greater understanding of the ways results can be used to improve genetic gain.
TWENTY-SEVEN dairy farms across Australia will be put under the microscope to prove the link between genetic merit of animals and on-farm performance.
NEW frozen embryo technology could revolutionise dairy breeding techniques.
BANNISTER Downs is one of the largest dairy operations in Australia and also one of the most rapidly expanding.
TWO new pasture trials being conducted in the Bega Valley will provide farmers with local information on the best performing pasture types as well as best time to sow.
TWO New Zealand companies Lewis Road Creamery and Whittakers have teamed up to deliver what must be every dairy lover’s dream: chocolate butter.
EFFORTS to extend the market for dairy know no bounds, with an American company The Bear and The Rat, creating a yoghurt-based ice cream for dogs.