The Herd Improvement Strategy’s 2020 vision aims for dairy farmers to “maximise their profit through a vibrant herd improvement industry offering effective and highly valued services”. This will be achieved through utilising an Australian genetic evaluation system, farmers and service providers understanding the link between herd improvement and profit, a strong Australian herd improvement industry, and a collaborative and constructive approach to adopting new technology and practical innovations.
Representatives of the herd improvement industry, including ADF and the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS), make up the Herd Improvement Strategic Steering Group (HISSG). The HISSG group led the development of the industry strategy in 2014 and is now dedicated to implementing the whole of industry strategy, with a vision for 2020 focusing on maximising profitability for dairy farmers.
The Herd Improvement Strategy has been developed from work in five areas: herd testing; genetic evaluation and research; marketing and extension; genomic technology; and breed societies. As the strategy moves into implementation, ADF’s Farming Systems and Herd Improvement Policy Advisory Group (PAG) and ADF will continue to have input to champion a Herd Improvement Industry, and improvements to it that are in farmers’ interests.
- A whole of industry strategy and blueprint to drive significant change to the herd improvement industry and maximise profitability for dairy farmers.
- Support the herd improvement industry to implement a collaborative and constructive approach to adopting new technology and practical innovations through the Herd Improvement Strategy.