International Dairy Week seminar program

By Country News

Thursday, January 21

9am: Cooking with cheese, with Jason Chesworth.

Former My Kitchen Rules contestant and Hunter Belle Cheese cheesemaker Jason Chesworth returns to the kitchen to demonstrate great, easy-to-cook dishes with cheese as the hero ingredient.

10am: How to milk social media.

Speaker: Helena Athans, NAB Agribusiness social media manager.

Do you want to understand social media and what Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are? Agriculture is the second-largest industry using social media. Learn some key tips on how your business can leverage social media. Learn which social media channel is best for your business, how to build your brand, and how to join the conversation.

11.15am: Genomics on the fast track.

Speakers: Scott Ruby, Fir Ridge Holstein Farm, Oregon, US; and Kevin Jorgenson, Select Sires. Hosted by World Wide Sires Australia.

In a panel discussion Scott Ruby will work through ‘‘a dairy farmer’s approach to genomics and profitability’’, how he identifies the right bulls and uses genomics to manage his breeding program and reach targets faster.

Kevin Jorgenson will add to the discussion with an update of reliability of genomics and a perspective of how genomics will continue to change dairy cattle and the industry.

12.30pm: Integrated dairy automation systems to improve breeding, feeding, and animal management.

Speaker: Steve Harcourt, LIC Australia.

LIC Automation has been formed to develop and deliver practical farm automation technologies underpinned by insightful information services to improve decision-making and make it easier to farm. Steve Harcourt will take you through what made this 100-year-old co-operative realise that a long-term commitment to farm automation was both necessary and strategically sensible to ensure farmers remained at the centre of its business.

1.45pm: Optimising the dry period — why the dry period is the most important part of milk quality.

Speaker Mark Humphris, BSc. BVMS (Hons) MANZCVSc, Dairy Australia.

Mark Humphris has been involved in dairying since he was 10, and grew up on dairy farms in South Australia and Victoria.

Since then, he has maintained his dairying interest through vet school at Murdoch University (1999 graduate), mixed practice in Korumburra, South Gippsland, dairy practice in Scotland, England and then nine years at Maffra Vet Centre.

As well as the normal work of a cattle vet, he has completed further qualifications through the College of Veterinary Scientists in dairy medicine, taught many short courses for farmers covering mastitis, fertility, lameness, calf health and transition management, and is now project leader for Dairy Australia’s Countdown Program.