Holstein Dispatch #05 – 10 January 2018
Feature stories:

All things Holstein at IDW 2018

From the National Holstein Show and Holstein Australia Victoria Youth Challenge Trials to the Power of Women in Dairying event and IDW seminar program, there is plenty for Holstein breeders at IDW 2018.

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You can follow IDW 2018 live on the Holstein Australia website from Sunday 21 January

Youth camp judged a success

Over two days last week 58 young people aged from 5 to 20 years old took part in the Western District camp out and Youth Show, with representatives from as far afield as Western Australia and even the UK.

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The Western District Youth camp saw over 80 cows prepared and shown by event participants

Other highlights:

New levy to help safeguard Australia's dairy cattle exports
The Australian Livestock Exporters Council has welcomed industry support for a new statutory dairy cattle export charge, with 80% of registered exporters voting in favour of the reform.

Western Australia's year in dairy
From award winning cheeses and cutting edge research projects to sliding farmgate milk prices and complex contract negotiations, the WA dairy industry has come through a turbulent 2017..

I always wanted to be a farmer first...
Central and Western NSW Sub-Branch President and former professional NRL player, Ian Hindmarsh, talks about his passion for the industry and plans to develop an enclosed dairy facility.

Semen exports increase by 60% according to NHIA
The NHIA semen market survey shows exports up by 60% and Holsteins still dominating Australian semen sales, with straw numbers rising 5.9% to 1.6 million, according to the Weekly Times.

Sexed-semen competition intensifies
Sex is big business in dairy farming, which is why a battle is brewing in the U.S. over new technologies designed to make sure only milk-producing cows are born.

Upcoming events:

> 21st January 2018
Holstein Australia Youth Challenge, Tatura, Vic

> 21st - 25th January 2018
International Dairy Week Tatura, Vic

> 3rd - 4th March 2018
Holstein Youth Tasmania Show, Ridgely, Tas


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