Each of these programs reflects GippsDairy's strategic priorities:
Strategic Priority 1 – Enable prosperous and resilient dairy businesses
Strategic Priority 2 – Improve the capability and capacity of our dairy people
Strategic Priority 3 – Foster a culture of leadership across the Gippsland dairy industry
Strategic Priority 4 – Enhance the reputation of the Gippsland dairy industry
Projects are listed by focus area.
Cups On Cups Off
This two-day workshop is suitable for anyone who milks cows on a dairy farm. Skills covered include how and why mastitis infections occur, practical methods to detect and deal with mastitis, adapting the milking process to reduce the risk of infections and how to develop an action plan to achieve best practice in milk harvesting.
Humane Euthanasia of Livestock
This workshops helps participants to ensure the most humane treatment of sick, injured or unsaleable cows with effective, swift and least painful methods.
InCharge Fertility Program
This five-day workshop over five weeks helps assist farmers with improving the fertility of their herd.
Transition Cow Management
A one-day workshop which provides farmers with an opportunity to improve cow health, milk production and reproductive performance.
Heifers on Target
Well-grown heifers are more likely to realise their full potential for milk production and recover their rearing costs earlier.
Rearing Heathy Calves
A one-day interactive discussion on raising healthy, contented dairy calves. It is designed for calf-rearers and farm managers who are looking to take their pre-weaning calf management to the next level. The care provided for your calves from the start of life is critical to their health and growth rates.
Healthy Hooves workshops are for people looking to explore the identification, treatment and prevention of lameness in a hands-on environment.
Facial Eczema Monitoring Program
Facial eczema is a disease caused by a fungal toxin in perennial ryegrass pastures. Spore counting on sentinel farms across Gippsland commences in January each year. If spore counts rise to dangerous levels, Dairy Australia will issue an alert to dairy farmers in the affected regions to monitor their own pasture spore counts and/or commence feeding of zinc oxide supplements to their milking herds.
Feedbase and animal nutrition
Feeding Pastures for Profit (FPFP)
The FPFP program aims to provide farmers with the skills and tools to achieve the profitable balance between home-grown feed harvest and supplement use. The program has two days of ‘up-front’ classroom-style delivery plus six on-farm group days over 10 to 12 months. Each participant receives a farm visit to support pasture rotation decisions.
Feeding dairy cows profitably is critically important to all dairy farmers. This course is practical and hands-on and pitched at a basic level.
Advanced Nutrition in Action (ANIA)
The goal of the ANIA training program is to enable farmers to improve herd nutrition practices by providing the technical knowledge, problem solving and strategic planning skills and tools to develop and implement appropriate, nutrition-related management strategies which support personal and business goals.
TopFodder is a two-day workshop with one day on-farm. The TopFodder program covers the science of silage making. It involves hands on-inspection and assessment of silage on farms.
Land, water and carbon
Nutrient Management: Fert$mart
Fert$mart encompasses the dairy industry’s national nutrient management guidelines, developed to improve the efficiency and profitability of fertiliser use and to improve soil health on Australian dairy farms.
Farm systems and business management
Dairy Farm Business Fundamentals
This course runs over two to three days and focuses on farm financial management, providing the skills and knowledge to pull together annual farm financial numbers. It also covers getting organised, budgeting, compliance and farm financial systems. It introduces the Dairy Standard Chart of Accounts and the Dairy Cash Management Planner.
Dairy Farm Business Analysis
This is a three-day course that assists farmers and their advisors to better understand and analyse farm business performance. It uses DairyBase and covers the importance of getting annual farm physical and financial numbers right, how to interpret farm performance and to understand cash, profit and wealth for a dairy farm business using DairyBase reports. This course is recommended for all dairy farmers and their advisors.
Governance & Investment
A two-day workshop introducing practical ways to implement effective business governance principles into the business and how to become investor ready.
Discussion groups to benefit farmers and support decision making on farms.
The Focus Farms program supports a network of Australian farms, tracking real decisions on real farms under real conditions over a two-year period.
Our Farm, Our Plan
Our Farm, Our Plan gives farmers a clear vision of their long-term business and personal goals and assists with better decision making, especially the big decisions.
Farm Safety Starter Kit and Farm Safety Manual
Helping farmers to get started with farm safety.
A one-day workshop covering share farming, leasing and shared equity arrangements.
A one-day workshop for those considering transition out of the industry.
Understanding options for a career in dairy.
Employment Basics (ESKI)
A workshop aimed at employers, covering the pastoral award and how to employ people correctly in the dairy industry.
Employing Overseas Workers
A workshop to assist with employing overseas workers and relevant visa requirements.
Various programs to promote a career in dairy to students such as Cows Create Careers, Picasso Cows and career days.