November 2022

Sexed dairy and beef semen drive strong domestic market

Posted By Adam Sawell,
18/11/2022 14:00 PM
A strong domestic market in 2021 saw a 61% increase in sexed semen sales, up from 321,777 to 518,644 doses year-on-year and a 77% rise in beef semen sales, from 243,435 to 429,675 doses. Set against this was a marked reversal in the export market, with a 37% decline in dairy semen exports and 40% decline in beef exports. NHIA director and World Wide Sires Australia General Manager, Geoff Wood, says the increasing take up of sexed semen is changing the face of the domestic market. “Sexed semen...

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...

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...

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...