Jelbart joins DataGene board

Victorian dairy farmer, Tim Jelbart, (pictured) has been appointed to the board of DataGene, the dairy industry’s organisation to drive herd improvement.Photo of Tim Jelbart

He was appointed at DataGene’s recent (14 November) annual general meeting at which Simone Jolliffe, dairy farmer from Wagga Wagga and Graeme Gillan, Holstein Australia CEO were re-appointed to the board.

Tim is general manager of the 1000-cow dairy operation, Jelbart Dairy, in South Gippsland, which he co-owns with his two brothers. Before returning to the family farm, Tim established a career in agribusiness property valuation which he continues on a part-time basis.

Jelbart Dairy has used its herd improvement program to continue to accelerate genetic gain and build a significant income stream from the sale of genetically superior livestock, as a by-product and business focus. The detailed records kept on the Jelbart herd and business led them to be a Genetics Focus Farm in the ImProving Herds project and host the National Muster on their farm in May 2018.

While his late father, Max Jelbart, was a passionate breeder, Tim describes himself an analytical farmer, who relies on farm data, his financial skills and the expertise of his staff and support network.

“I’m a good example of the type of farmer who can’t wait for more tools from DataGene, so that I can make informed business decisions based on our own farm records and industry improvements,” he said.

He looked forward to being bringing a practical perspective to the DataGene board and being an advocate for positive change.

For more information about DataGene’s activities for 2017-18, refer to its Annual Update.

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DataGene is an initiative of Dairy Australia and the herd improvement industry.