Member News

NHIA Launches Beef Working Group

Posted By NHIA,
30/11/2023 11:00 AM
NHIA Launches Beef Working Group to Enhance the Beef Industry NHIA is happy to announce the establishment of its new Beef Working Group—an initiative poised to bring about significant benefits for the entire beef industry. Comprising leaders and experts from the beef sector, this group signifies NHIA's unwavering commitment to advancing the interests of our industry, fostering awareness, and advocating for positive transformation. The NHIA Beef Working Group brings together dedicated...

RGTAG Update

Posted By NHIA,
17/10/2023 13:00 PM
An important focus for NHIA is the secretariat services it provides for the Ruminant Genetics Trade Advisory Group (RGTAG). It's role includes: represent the industry in the setting of import and export protocols provide advice to the government in respect to issues around genetics trade be a conduit between industry and the Department of Agriculture keep the industry informed of current trade and protocol issues and events presenting the Australian...

Mentor2Elevate Program

Posted By NHIA,
17/10/2023 10:00 AM
NHIA Unveils Game-changing Mentorship Program Elevating Industry Excellence with support from the Gardiner Foundation   Why a NHIA Mentoring Program The goal is to provide a framework and support for individuals and businesses in the herd improvement sector to ensure that our industry and its people continue to grow and develop. Businesses and organisations also derive a direct benefit from putting workplace mentoring in place. For example: Did you...

Jersey Australia Media Release - Australian genetics to boom after World Dairy Expo

Posted By NHIA,
17/10/2023 09:00 AM
Australian Jersey genetics were highlighted last week at the world’s largest dairy expo with hopes that sales into North America could grow ten-fold.  Jersey Australia general manager Glen Barrett said a joint trade site in 2022 had shown the possibilities for Australian Jerseys.   “The North American market is a potential 100,000 straw-a-year opportunity for Australian Jerseys but we’re lucky to get 10,000 in there at the moment,” Mr Barrett said.   ...

29th Annual AGM Report 2023

Posted By NHIA,
31/08/2023 15:56 PM
Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 9th August 2023   The National Herd Improvement Association of Australia (NHIA) Annual General Meeting was held in Shepparton, Victoria and online on Wednesday 9th August under the chairmanship of Mr Anthony Shelly with NHIA 27 members, guests and staff in attendance. The General Meeting approved the financial statements for the fiscal year 2022/23 and reports by the Chairman and CEO, Ms Sara Merkel, outlined the Association’s...

Vale Greg Tiller

Posted By NHIA,
31/08/2023 15:56 PM
It is with great sadness we share the passing of industry colleague and friend, Greg Tiller. A familiar and friendly face at NHIA events for many years, most recently at the AGM and member forum in Shepparton earlier this month, Greg gave lifelong service to the dairy cattle breeding industry and was highly respected by all that knew and worked with him. Originally from South Australia, Greg grew up with dairying in his veins. He quickly appreciated that cattle breeding was his passion and...

Welcome Karen Eastop

Posted By Adam Sawell,
31/08/2023 08:00 AM
Members attending this month’s Annual General Meeting will have noticed NHIA’s new recruit, Karen Eastop, working away with Sara Merckel to record the event and assisting with the forum, member dinner and the following day’s mentoring workshop. Based in Wallan, Victoria, Karen’s role covers office and administration management, bookkeeping and assisting with member communication activities. Karen comes to NHIA from the logistics sector, with a skillset that is directly transferable to the...


Posted By NHIA,
25/08/2023 10:00 AM
Update on Dry Ice for VIC and TAS Recently, members have reported challenges with the dry ice supply and this has been due to a CO2 deficit, and BOC was importing CO2. BOC are now pleased to announce Victoria has an adequate supply of CO2 in the tank at their Dandenong Gas & Gear. This allows BOC to now produce dry ice. In the initial stage, BOC will be focusing on producing small volumes of dry ice each day.  Contact BOC Gas & Gear Dandenong, (03) 9792 1700 for...

Tasmanian Member Forum Report

Posted By Sara Merckel,
07/06/2023 07:00 AM
Members and guests were welcomed to NHIA’s very first Tassie meeting held in the picturesque location of Deloraine. In a busy afternoon session, NHIA was able to seek member contribution into new and ongoing initiatives, with a full update provided below. NHIA CEO, Sara Merckel reported NHIA has been working to its new strategy for just under 2 years. As part of this process when NHIA hold in person board meetings, it hosts an afternoon session with members. It gives members and the Board...

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...