NHIA News

Don't miss Herd '23

Posted By Adam Sawell,
17/11/2022 08:00 AM
Dairy herd improvement enthusiasts will be eager to set aside 15-16 March 2023 in their diaries to attend Herd ’23, the popular conference for the dairy herd improvement industry. Held every two years in Bendigo, Victoria, the Herd conference has a reputation for addressing exciting topics through speakers who are leaders in their field, including scientists, farmers and service providers. Single day, two day and event dinner Herd ’23 registration with early bird discount is now open. NHIA...

NHIA Member Forums announced

Posted By Adam Sawell,
17/11/2022 07:40 AM
Take part in our Gippsland and IDW member forums and dinner A key part of NHIA’s strategic vision is visiting regions to engage with members, gather information, provide support and build and grow the relationships that keeps herd improvement delivering for producers day in, day out. Gippsland Member Forum Wednesday 14th December Our final member forum for the year takes place in Leongatha, South Gippsland, Victoria on 14th December. The idea behind the member forum program is for NHIA to...

The on-farm sexual revolution is getting closer to home

Posted By Credit: Landline / Tim Lee,
17/11/2022 07:00 AM
In 1995, an ordinary-looking lamb was born to a conventional Merino ewe. But Larry the lamb was anything but ordinary. Larry made history as the world's first gender-selected sheep. Scientists at the University of Sydney always knew they'd be getting a baby boy. They'd employed a process that sorted ram semen into male and female, and they chose to produce a male. Larry the lamb was the first sex-determined sheep born using sexed semen. (Supplied: University of...

NHIA Funding Program in action

Posted By Adam Sawell,
17/11/2022 07:00 AM
Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) recently supported an AI introduction training session for Hico Australia in Maffra, Victoria, run by Hilary Lunn and featuring ‘Henrietta’, LIC’s AI training simulator. As part of the NHIA Australian Herd Improvement Industry Projects Funding Program, LIC received co-funding to increase the ability and knowledge of existing professional and DIY AI technicians through increasing the frequency of and access to AI refresher training. Applications for Round 4...

AI Training Cow available to NHIA members

Posted By Adam Sawell,
17/11/2022 06:53 AM
If you’ve ever tried you’ll know how hard it is to get hold of AI cow simulators for in-house training sessions. Thanks to NHIA and NuGenes Herd Improvement, from January all you’ll need to do is pick up the phone to NHIA to hire the latest Bovine Theriogenology simulator from Veterinary Industry Simulators. NHIA CEO Sara Merckel says: “We’ve jointly funded this initiative with NuGenes. A key part of our mission is to ensure that existing AI technicians remain current and that new entrants to...

Could a national livestock gene bank future-proof endangered farm animals?

Posted By Credit : Landline / Tim Lee,
06/09/2022 20:00 PM
NHIA member Genetics Australia featured in this ABC Landline story and TV clip (accessed via link below) on the need for an Australian National Gene Bank (all picture credits Tim Lee / ABC Landline). What do you think? In 2001, foot-and-mouth disease broke out among livestock in the United Kingdom. More than 6 million sheep and cattle were slaughtered and their carcasses incinerated on farms before the disease was brought under control. In the wake of the crisis, estimated to have cost...

Involved in Herd Improvement & AI – Your industry needs you!

Posted By Adam Sawell,
06/09/2022 17:30 PM
Calling all Herd Improvement businesses that carry our artificial inseminations. NHIA needs 5 minutes of your time to complete the second National Herd Improvement Data Collection Survey. Why? Because it is all about harnessing our collective knowledge and expertise to build a stronger herd improvement sector. Take me there I’ll do the Data Collection Survey now! It’s important! Did you know that our first National Herd Improvement Data Collection Survey led to over $1 million in funding that...

Future proofing the Herd Improvement Industry

Posted By Adam Sawell,
06/09/2022 12:00 PM
Round 4 of National Herd Improvement of Australia's Herd Improvement Industry Funding Program is now open! To find out more and apply see the Herd Improvement Industry Funding Program section on the website. Applications close 31st January 2023. What is the Herd Improvement Industry Funding Program? A key part of NHIA’s efforts to build resilience and capacity in the herd improvement and AI industry is our Herd Improvement Industry Funding Program, introduced during the last financial year. The...

NHIA Annual General Meeting Report

Posted By Adam Sawell,
06/09/2022 10:00 AM
The National Herd Improvement Association of Australia Inc. (NHIA) held its 2022 Annual General Meeting in Camperdown, Victoria on Wednesday 3rd August with, for the first time since 2019,  members and industry partners attending in person. Despite the impact of COVID-19 on the day-to-day operations of members and the Association over the most recent NHIA financial year (April 2021 – March 2022), Chairman Graeme Gillan reported an increase in funding of industry projects, progress on plans...

Dylan Jewell wins Young Achiever Award

Posted By Adam Sawell,
06/09/2022 09:00 AM
National Herd Development Southwest sales representative and breeding advisor Dylan Jewell from Hawkesdale, Victoria has been recognised by the National Herd Improvement Association of Australia (NHIA), winning its young achiever award. 30-year-old Dylan was presented with his award following the NHIA annual general meeting held in Camperdown, Victoria. “I think it’s really important that the herd improvement industry invests in young people and focuses on encouraging and bringing the next...