Farming systems and herd improvement
Research, development and extension (R,D&E) strategy, and the delivery and adoption of innovation opportunities such as biotechnology (genetic modification), farm decision-making tools, farm business management and herd improvement, all play an important role in securing the long-term sustainability and profitability of dairy farming. These strategies and opportunities can better equip farmers for a prosperous future.
Our policy priorities in the Farming Systems and Herd Improvement focus area aim to address the following issues:
- Consider the current challenges in government and industry R,D&E funding, their investment commitments and models for extension delivery.
- Implement the whole-of-industry herd improvement strategy to drive change by maximising profitability for dairy farmers, and offering effective and highly valued services.
- Ensure dairy farmers have choice in their production methods, including genetic modification opportunities, to utilise systems which best suit their needs, farm land and farming systems.
- Equip dairy farmers with risk management, business management techniques and farm efficiency options to help manage farm influences they can control.
- Improve the regulatory regime for agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals to reduce red tape associated with their use and ensure they are readily available to dairy farmers at an affordable cost.