Data collection is currently underway for the 'workability' of cows. Now is the time of the year for dairy farmers to provide feedback about how easy or hard their cows are to work within the dairy.
Whether she's a kicker, a slow milker, or a delight to have in the dairy, the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS) wants to know about her.
Michelle Axford from ADHIS said all dairy farmers benefit from workability data supplied by those who herd record.
The data would be used to calculate Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) for bulls for milking speed, temperament and likability.
"Australian dairy farmers are good at scoring workability traits. So much so that bulls with high likability ABVs have been found to produce daughters that are more likely to stay in the herd for longer," Mrs Axford said.
"We all want animals that are easy to have in the dairy. That's why workability traits are included in the Australian Profit Ranking.
We want farmers, who herd record, to contribute workability data on this season's two year old heifers."
"So, whether she's a wonder cow or a workability nightmare, make sure you let us know," Mrs Axford said.
ADHIS is an initiative of Australian Dairy Farmers', that receives the majority of its funding from Dairy Australia through the Dairy Services Levy.
For more information contact Michelle Axford at ADHIS, telephone (03) 8621 4240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herd '13 Conference
Registrations are now open for the biennial Herd '13 conference which will be held in Bendigo on March 5 and 6.
Following the success of Herd '09 and Herd '11, the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS), Holstein Australia and National Herd Improvement Association (NHIA) have combined forces again to organise Herd 13 which provides a platform to discuss the latest developments across genetic improvement, herd testing, data and related breeding fields.
The theme for the Herd '13 conference is 'celebrate, aspire, grow', and will include a celebration of 30 years of Australian Breeding Values.
While Herd '13 is about celebrating success, the conference organisers are keen to ensure that the Australian dairy industry does not rest on its laurels, and continues to push the boundaries and strive for continual herd improvement.
The Herd '13 conference program will feature sessions on young people working in the dairy industry, practical reproduction support for dairy farmers and the latest advancements in breeding technologies such as genomics.
Herd '13 offers an impressive line-up of Australian and international guest speakers including:
- Dr Ben Hayes and Dr Jennie Pryce, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria;
- Dr Scott Norman, Charles Sturt University, New South Wales;
- Neil Petreny, CanWest DHI, Canada;
- Professor Jacqueline Rowarth, University of Waikato, New Zealand;
- Uffe Lauretsen, International Committee of Animal Recording (ICAR) President, Denmark.
For more information or to register, please visit www.adhis.com.au or contact the event organisers Esther Price Promotions, telephone 1800 177 636.