Herd ’23: 15-16 March, Bendigo

Dairy herd improvement enthusiasts will be eager to set aside 15-16 March 23 in their diaries to attend Herd ’23, the popular conference for the dairy herd improvement industry.

Held every two years at 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.

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.

Michelle axford
Michelle Axford will share
at Herd ’23 the early
results of her research to
develop a breeding value
for calf vitality.

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 Michelle Axford will share early findings from her work to develop a Calf Vitality breeding value.

Dr Matt Shaffer, DataGene 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,” he said.

Register before 10 February to take advantage of early bird discount.

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

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Deanne Kennedy, Jaydee Events: deanne@jaydee.net.au