In meeting these objectives NHIA undertakes a broad range of activities and programs which may be grouped as follows:
Within and between industries and members via the provision of appropriate forums to assist members exchange ideas, introduce new initiatives and to facilitate input to industry discussions; industry newsletters (InfoNews is the NHIA's periodic newsletter to its membership) and magazines articles etc.
Conferences and Workshops
to assist in the development of new approaches to herd improvement, industry developments etc. Examples of such include the National Workshop on Farm Automation; information sessions regarding research progress such as auto ID and in-line metering; study tours to New Zealand and the United States of America.
Industry representative bodies, advocacy on issues with Government and support on industrial matters through access to employer bodies.
Facilitation on a diverse range of matters, both business and technical, examples of the latter being workshops on leptospirosis in the HI industry and training seminars on QA for herd improvement laboratories and weighing stations. More recently, an ongoing Accreditation Program for Professional Inseminators has been introduced.
Support functions, the principal of which is group/bulk buying arrangements with respect to a wide range of HI inputs and needs, including liquid nitrogen, office supplies and business consumables, including fuel.
Herd improvement is undertaken via a range of mechanisms, including magazine articles etc and the management of the Dairy Herd Improvement Industry Code of Practice