Extreme weather preparation

Feb 19, 2016

Extreme weather conditions in February continue to challenge farmers across all dairying regions. Bushfires in Tasmania and Western Australia have impacted dairy farms. As farm businesses may be affected by elements beyond their control, preparing for threats is essential to protect your family, staff, livestock and business. ADF’s primary focus is to ensure famers are equipped with fundamental information and to work with its state members with recovery efforts.

 

To access resources and tools to help manage extreme weather events, refer to Dairy Australia’s website here.

ADHIS Update: The power of herd improvement in the palm of your hand

Jan 20, 2016

A world-leading smart phone app developed by the ADHIS and Dairy Australia to help farmers choose bulls to meet their breeding objectives is now available to download, free for dairy farmers and advisors.

The Good Bulls app has been designed in close consultation with dairy farmers and advisors and builds on the popular Good Bulls Guide. The app, which can search from over 20,000 bulls, allows farmers and advisors to search, filter, short list and export bulls based on Australian Breeding Values and Australia’s three indices.

ADHIS Extension Officer Sarah Saxton has led the team that helped create the Good Bulls app. She said the app will be an invaluable tool to access bull information anywhere at any time, so farmers can take charge of their herd.

“The Good Bulls app really puts the power of herd improvement in the palm of your hand by giving users on-the-go access to over 20,000 bulls and the ability to enquire about prices with their supplier at the click of a button” Ms Saxton said.

“It’s quick and easy. Select your index and shortlist bulls based on the traits you want to improve in your herd using the Good Bulls app”

The Good Bulls app answers a strong desire by farmers and advisors to be able to filter and sort bulls based on their preferences and to improve profit in a fun and easy way.

Sarah says “We conducted over 20 hours of one on one interviews with a range of farmers and advisors in the design of the app so we are confident this is going to be an essential tool for the industry”.

The Good Bulls app is available for both iPhone and Android phones.

For details on how to download the app visit www.adhis.com.au/goodbulls

WA Bushfire Appeal

Jan 19, 2016

Since bushfires began burning in Western Australia (WA) in the week of 4 January, fires have significantly affected the Waroona-Harvey dairying region. Now three weeks on from the devastation, recovery assistance for farmers is the primary focus.

To support the recovery effort, WAFarmers has established a hay drive and is managing a relief appeal to collect cash donations for affected farmers. One hundred per cent of the funds raised through the WAFarmers Fire Appeal will go directly to farmers; ensuring financial assistance is available to farmers for tasks including the rebuilding of fencing and the purchase of feed.

WA’s Dairy Industry bodies, including WAFarmers and Western Dairy, have commenced preliminary assessments. There are approximately 20 dairy farms with direct fire damage and many more continue to be impacted by loss of power, burnt pasture and feed supplies.

Fencing is an immediate concern, with the fires destroying over 800 kilometers of farm fences, as well as loss of pasture and newly sown crops. There have been few reports of dairy stock loss to date.

Funds received through the WAFarmers Fire Appeal will be used directly to benefit farmers. Farmers do not have to be a member of WAFarmers to be able to receive assistance from the funds. We encourage the public to show support for the WAFarmers Fire Appeal.

The GoFundMe account can be accessed here.

Give thanks for dairy farmers this Christmas...

Dec 23, 2015

With Christmas only two sleeps away, it’s time to reflect on the role that dairy farmers (and for that matter all farmers) plays in the festive season.

We’re all looking forward to the cheese platters, custard, ice cream and all manner of other festive trimmings this holiday period. All of those tasty dairy products have been produced by the dairy farmers of this country, which is milked and processed even as we unwrap our presents from Santa on Christmas morning. Milking takes place every day of the year, irrespective if public holidays or religious festivals. Aussie farmers do this to ensure that there is always milk in our fridges – 365 days a year.

So as you tuck into your Christmas pudding and add custard, butter or cream remember to thank an Australian dairy farmer who got up early to produce it.

Merry Christmas from Australian Dairy Farmers!

 

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