ImProving Herds is an Australian dairy initiative, made possible by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation.
The three-year, $3.3 million project brings together world-class experts in a significant collaboration of the dairy industry, aiming to make it easier for farmers to make quick, data-driven decisions to increase herd profitability.
Herd decisions made easy
The project is backed by 30 years of data and genetic testing. Over the course of the three-year project, you can expect to see:
• 25 focus farms testing the link between profitability, focused bull selections and genomic testing of females
• 6 focus farms that test how data-driven decisions can lead to improved profitability
• Demonstrate the contribution of better herd data and higher genetic merit to on-farm financial performance
• Sophisticated modelling that can be used to test scenarios, including the impact of genetic gain on resource use and methane emissions
A wealth of collaboration, science and understanding The project is led by Dr Jennie Pryce from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) and is supported by Dairy Australia, DataGene Limited, National Herd Improvement Association of Australia (NHIA) and Holstein Australia.