Holstein Dispatch #17 – 7 December 2018
Feature stories:

National Dairy Youth Camp 2019

The National Dairy Youth Camp is back! Organised by Holstein Australia on behalf of the wider dairy industry, applications are open to all young people between the ages of 16 and 21 years and all breeds, with no previous dairy experience required. Camp activities will include animal health, husbandry, showmanship and judging sessions, plus seminars on AI, breeding programs, marketing and dairy career pathways.

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The National Dairy Youth Camp takes place in Sale, VIC, 6 - 10 January. Applications close 12 December.

Australia bound!

Holstein Australia's youth exchange program with Holstein UK continues to go from strength to strength with 19 year old HYB member Georgina Moody set to arrive in Australia just in time for the National Dairy Youth Camp.
"When I return from Australia I want to be able to use what I have learnt within our own family farm; it would be nice to use a bull choice or an embryo of a cow family that I might see out there," says Georgina.

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Georgina Moody, HYB Australian exchange winner
Other highlights:

Tim Jelbart joins DataGene
LEONGATHA South dairy farmer and Holstein Australia member Tim Jelbart has been appointed to the board of DataGene, the dairy industry’s organisation to drive herd improvement.

Fleyas Holsteins dairy dispersal - cows sell to $14,000
FIVE daughters from one cow averaged $6490 and one sold to a top of $14,000 at the Fleyas Holstein dispersal, with registered cows averaging $3,412 and heifers $1978. (Pic: Weekly Times)

Avonlea Holsteins win top On-Farm Challenge award
Congratulations to John and Cherie Gardner and all at Avonlea Holsteins for taking out the Jim Conroy Supreme Champion title with Pardee Farneer Janice in the 2018 Semex-Holstein Australia On-Farm Challenge.

New mid-infrared milk test could help herd management
The MIR for Profit project, backed by the Rural Research and Development for Profit program, examines how MIR technology could be used to improve herd management.

112 years of milking in the Sydney Basin
Congratulations to Gavin and Karina Moore who's dedication to the dairy industry through innovation and education saw them nominated as finalists in this week's NSW Farmer of the Year.

Don't miss out on Herd'19
Register now! Herd'19 will hear from overseas genetics specialists about the latest in genomics, semen sexing and robotics along with new herd test technologies such as MIR spectroscopy.

Upcoming events:

> 6th - 10th January 2019
National Dairy Youth Camp
Sale, VIC

> 20th - 24th January 2019
International Dairy Week
Tatura, VIC

> 19th - 20th March 2019
Herd'19 Delivering Change
Bendigo, VIC


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