As part of the Dairy UP subprogram P1c, we are conducting a DNA survey of kikuyu pastures across southeastern Australia. The purpose of the study is to the evaluate kikuyu varietal diversity across the landscape.
The Dairy UP message has spread far and wide, with Dr John Penry and PhD student David Sheedy attending the recent ADFA Discovery Conference on Dairy Cattle Lifespan at Itasca, Illinois.
Dairy UP’s P6 project, led by A/Prof Cameron Clark from Sydney University (pictured), is exploring ways to use existing farm, climate and industry data to develop ways to monitor cows and systems to help farmers make better decisions, for example about heat management, health and feeding.
We were delighted with the attendance and discussion at the recent Dairy UP road trip.
Bulk tank milk and herd test samples could soon provide a greater and cost-effective insight into dairy herd health.
Dairy UP recently welcomed Madison Luke to the team. She is the new research officer for our “Sustainable Partnership” project with NSW EPA.
Project P3 – Intensification of diary systems is now complete. The project aimed to provide information to help farmers to decide if transitioning to an intensive production/feeding system is a suitable investment for their circumstances.
We are delighted to welcome Dr Md Rafiq Islam to the Dairy UP team as Research Fellow, working directly on Dairy UP’s Project P4 – feedbase for intensive dairy systems.
Dan Armstrong has recently completed an analysis of the economics and risks for raising non-replacement calves in a dairy business.
Our 2023 Annual Highlights flyer shows just how much has been achieved this year.
Welcome to another Dairy UP e-news and this one is bursting with news!
It’s shaping up to be another tough season with the dry and early hot weather so we look forward to Dairy UP providing new ideas, tools, solutions, and applications that can help to manage the risks dairy farms face
Three new Kikuyu lines have been identified by Project P1c for further screening. This will involve larger plot trials at more locations in 2024.
Big congratulations to Dairy UP PhD student, Alice Shirley, for her success in the University of Sydney’s 2023 Three Minute Thesis Competition!
Welcome to Andrew Lean who has recently joined the DairyUP team as a PhD candidate working on the P2 (Unlocking the potential of the cow) project.
Sheena Carter recently presented the results from Dairy UP’s P3 project (Economics of intensification) at the NSW DPI Breakfast.
Hear about recovery, resilience and looking forward from the grass roots at this year’s DRF Symposium.
This is a ‘dairy-farmer-only’ panel session featuring Jorge Massa, General Manager Hilltop, Western Victoria, Phil Tate, Albion Park, NSW, Ruth Kydd, Finley, NSW and Peter Morgan, Waikato, New Zealand.
Dairy UP has received a 2023 ‘sustainable partnership’ with EPA NSW. This provides a grant which will allow Dairy UP to expand our work to include assessing carbon emission/balance on some of Dairy UP’s partner farm network.
Dairy UP’s Infectious Diseases project has made significant progress recently. As at July 2023, more than 1800 swabs have been collected from about 550 cows and calves on 26 farms.
The P4 Maize project team have recently had a journal article published with their latest findings.
In June, Dairy UP held its first road trip in collaboration with Dairy NSW, visiting a farm near Bodalla on day 1 and Cobargo on day 2. Participants included farmers, service providers and members of the Dairy UP and Dairy NSW teams.