Don't miss Herd '23

Posted By Adam Sawell  
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 Chair and CEO of Genetics Australia and TLG Victoria, Anthony Shelly will host a panel discussion on the annual Semen Market Survey, what it tells us, its uses and its significance for the sector.

NHIA CEO, Sara Merckel and Dairy Australia’s Stephanie Bulleen will provide an overview of the collaboration behind new AI training initiatives and how this program is helping futureproof  the AI sector.

Click to see the full Herd ’23 program.

NHIA and Numurkah NuGenes director, Adam Danial will discuss electronic heat detection with RuralVet’s Carl Hockey and Andrew Parkinson, Welbred Genetics.

Recruitment, training and customer focus on the AI industry will be the focus of a panel discussion hosted by Graeme Gillan and NuGene’s Gerard Daniel.

The Herd ’23 program has a strong sustainability theme, with a particular focus on how breeding and herd improvement can contribute to a sustainable Australian dairy industry.

Professor Jennie Pryce from DairyBio will provide an overview of global initiatives to improve sustainability through genetics.

Barry Irvin from Bega Cheese will share his experience with implementing  a circular economy initiative, from both the farmer and processor perspective. And DataGene’s Michelle Axford will share early findings from her work to develop a Calf Vitality breeding value.

Sara Merckel, NHIA CEO, said Herd conferences were a rare opportunity for people working in dairy herd improvement to get together and share ideas.

“The sense of community and connections forged at Herd Conferences are just as valuable as the presentations. This was really highlighted at Herd ’21 where we managed to run the event in between lockdowns and offered attendance in person and online. We’ll be offering a hybrid format again in 2023,” she said.

NHIA’s Laurie Wells award, recognising excellence and outstanding service to the herd improvement and Australian Dairy Industry, and its Young Achiever Award at the Herd ’23 dinner. Nominations are open for both awards until 20th December. Find out more at our NHIA Awards website page where you can download a nomination form.

Herd conferences are a joint initiative between DataGene, Dairy Australia, Holstein Australia and the National Herd Improvement Association (NHIA).