Dairy NSW Programs

Dairy NSW programs deliver practical, actionable training, tools and consultation on topics that matter to dairy farm businesses.

Dairy NSW programs reflect the organisation's five strategic priorities:

  • Animal health and wellbeing
  • Feedbase and animal nutrition
  • People and workforce capability
  • Land, water and carbon
  • Farm business management.
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DairyNSW Strategic Plan 2021-25

The Dairy NSW strategic plan 2021-2025 is an important roadmap that defines the priorities and activities of Dairy NSW for the next 5 years.
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  • Animal health and wellbeing programs

    Cups On, Cups Off

    This three-session program covers milking processes, mastitis prevention and control as well as practical training in best practice milk harvesting, detection and treatment of clinical mastitis.

    Euthanase Livestock

    This one-day program covers how to safely, effectively and humanely euthanase livestock. Helps meet the high expectations of industry and community, work within animal welfare laws and ensure best welfare for animals.

    Healthy Hooves

    This program covers hoof management, lameness prevention and practical strategies for improving hoof health. It is available on demand for discussion groups and groups of farmers.

    In Charge Fertility

    This program covers how to develop a farm business fertility management plan and improve your herd's fertility over time. Includes joining times, semen selection, dry cow and springer management, calf rearing and more.

    Herd fertility downloads, webinars, reports and more available on the herd fertility resources page.

    Rearing Healthy Calves

    This program covers how-tos of successful calf rearing, including calving , ensuring cows calve successfully, calf rearing and growing dairy heifers.

    Heifers on Target

    This program covers maximising the potential of heifers entering the milking herd. Includes practical tips and industry tools to regularly monitor heifer performance. Delivered on-farm by a specialised veterinarian to groups of farmers.

    Heifers on Target online calculators and growth guides are available on the Heifers on Target page.

    Transition Cow Management

    This program covers developing a structured transition cow management nutrition program to help increase milk production and returns per cow.

    Advice, booklets and checklists on transition cow management are available from the transition cow management page.

  • Feedbase and Animal Nutrition

    Feeding Pastures for Profit

    This program helps dairy farmers to improve profit with use of more home grown pasture and efficient use of supplements.

    Nutrition Fundamentals

    Information on nutrition management for farm productivity and herd health is available from the Herd Feed Requirements page.

    Top Fodder

    Dairy Australia has revamped the original Top Fodder courses and have developed a two-day workshop that covers the science of silage.

    Tips available from the Top Fodder page.

    Advanced Nutrition in Action

    The goal of the Advanced Nutrition in Action training program is to enable farmers to improve herd nutrition practices by providing technical knowledge, problem solving and strategic planning skills, along with tools to develop and implement appropriate, nutrition-related management strategies which support personal and business goals.

  • People Workforce Capability

    Young Dairy Network

    The NSW Young Dairy Network supports leadership opportunities and builds social networks for young dairy farmers.

    Outcomes include:

    • Increased networking opportunities and awareness of opportunities currently available to young farmers
    • Generate more interest in further training and boost skills and confidence
    • Engaging and coordinating opportunities for personal and professional development

    Register for the Young Dairy Network program.

    More information is available on the DairyNSW Young Dairy Network page.

    Cows Create Careers

    Program for secondary students to care for dairy calves and learn about the dairy industry. Promoting career and education opportunities.

    More information available from the Cows Create Careers website

    ESKi People Management

    This program includes a series of workshops and online webinars around leave, entitlements, terminations and legalities to help set your employment processes up right.

    Download a starter kit from The People in Dairy - ESKi.

    Farm Safety Starter Kit

    This program includes on-farm open days for farmers to see the latest safety tools and resources available.

    Download the Farm Safety Starter Kit from the People in Dairy website.

    Discussion Groups

    Registration for discussion groups opens soon.

  • Land, Water and Carbon

    Cool Cows

    Tools, information and resources on managing heat stress in cows available at Cool Cows.


    More information about the program, further training and advisors from Fert$mart.

  • Farm Business Management

    Taking Stock

    This program involves one-to-one support for dairy farmers with experienced dairy advisors, helping to prepare for the season ahead.

    Contact DairyNSW to register your interest.

    Farm Business Management Fundamentals

    This two to three-session program focuses on farm financial management and covers:

    • Annual farm financial numbers, budgeting, compliance and farm finance systems
    • Includes training in Standard Chart of Accounts and Dairy Cash Management Planner tools

    A detailed course outline is available here.

    Dairy Farm Business Analysis

    This program covers training in DairyBase, understanding DairyBase reports and making this online tool work for dairy farmers and their business.

    More DairyBase information is available here.

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