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The Performance Report is an accompanying document to our Annual Report 2018-19 and is presented for the interest of our farmer levy payers and range of industry and government stakeholders – notably those who partner with Dairy Australia in investing in major projects designed to support the productivity, profitability and sustainability of dairy farming in Australia.

This is the first year that Dairy Australia has published a Performance Report containing detailed information on our range of programs and investments. We hope that this increased transparency around our activities helps to show the value that Dairy Australia provides to our industry through the dairy levy - not only today, but in setting it up for future success.

This Performance Report provides an overview of our performance across 13 key program areas. This is not an exhaustive list of all our key metrics, but a compilation of some of the significant milestones and achievements in FY19.

To read more about our organisation, achievements, people and corporate governance please refer to the Annual Report 2018-19.

Strategic Priority 1: Profitable Dairy Farms – Performance Snapshot

Strategic Priority 1  (SP1) comprises two streams:

  1. Pre-farmgate activities contribute directly towards improving farm profitability by balancing the cost of production, risk and total return on investment. Activity is focused on improving productivity through R&D, identifying best practice and developing programs.
  2. Post-farmgate activities focus on improving farmgate sustainability and opportunities through supply chain cost reductions or improved conditions in key international markets.

Below are the key programs for SP1.

  • Copy Link Animal health and fertility

    Animal Health and Fertility

    Objective: Enhance animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

    FY19 Investment Projects 
     $0.9m Managing Milk Quality (P106) 

    Improving Reproductive Performance (P107)

    Animal Health & Welfare – On-farm (P213)

    Program outputs and highlights:

    • Delivered 85 farmer courses and workshops across Australia to 1,087 farmers including:
    •  34 workshops training farmers to improve profitability through enhanced milk quality
    •  12 courses focused on enhancing reproductive performance
    •  32 workshops specifically promoting best practices in on-farm animal husbandry, including calf rearing and humane euthanasia.
    • Developed the ‘How to’ InCalf farmer case studies, comprising videos focusing on the implementation of best practice reproductive management by individual herd managers.
    • Delivered two rounds of advanced adviser training, contributing to a network of 64 Repro Right advisers and 132 Countdown advisers strategically positioned to offer individual consultation advice to farmers with complex fertility and mastitis issues.

    Program outcomes:

    • Achieved an annual bulk milk cell count of less than 250,000 on 81 per cent of farms maintaining the quality required for processing.
    • Achieved 98.9 per cent compliance towards an industry target to completely phase out calving induction on Australian dairy farms by 2022. We continue to support farmers by providing comprehensive information on best practice calving and fertility practice.
    • Achieved approval of a new antimicrobial stewardship initiative plan to investigate and improve antibiotic use on dairy farms through research and extension activities.

  • Copy Link Genetics and Herd Improvement

    Animal Health and Fertility

    Objective: Enhance animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

    FY19 Investment Projects 
     $0.9m Managing Milk Quality (P106) 

    Improving Reproductive Performance (P107)

    Animal Health & Welfare – On-farm (P213)

    Program outputs and highlights:

    • Delivered 85 farmer courses and workshops across Australia to 1,087 farmers including:
    •  34 workshops training farmers to improve profitability through enhanced milk quality
    •  12 courses focused on enhancing reproductive performance
    •  32 workshops specifically promoting best practices in on-farm animal husbandry, including calf rearing and humane euthanasia.
    • Developed the ‘How to’ InCalf farmer case studies, comprising videos focusing on the implementation of best practice reproductive management by individual herd managers.
    • Delivered two rounds of advanced adviser training, contributing to a network of 64 Repro Right advisers and 132 Countdown advisers strategically positioned to offer individual consultation advice to farmers with complex fertility and mastitis issues.

    Program outcomes:

    • Achieved an annual bulk milk cell count of less than 250,000 on 81 per cent of farms maintaining the quality required for processing.
    • Achieved 98.9 per cent compliance towards an industry target to completely phase out calving induction on Australian dairy farms by 2022. We continue to support farmers by providing comprehensive information on best practice calving and fertility practice.
    • Achieved approval of a new antimicrobial stewardship initiative plan to investigate and improve antibiotic use on dairy farms through research and extension activities.

  • Copy Link Feedbase and Animal Nutrition

    Animal Health and Fertility

    Objective: Enhance animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

    FY19 Investment Projects 
     $0.9m Managing Milk Quality (P106) 

    Improving Reproductive Performance (P107)

    Animal Health & Welfare – On-farm (P213)

    Program outputs and highlights:

    • Delivered 85 farmer courses and workshops across Australia to 1,087 farmers including:
    •  34 workshops training farmers to improve profitability through enhanced milk quality
    •  12 courses focused on enhancing reproductive performance
    •  32 workshops specifically promoting best practices in on-farm animal husbandry, including calf rearing and humane euthanasia.
    • Developed the ‘How to’ InCalf farmer case studies, comprising videos focusing on the implementation of best practice reproductive management by individual herd managers.
    • Delivered two rounds of advanced adviser training, contributing to a network of 64 Repro Right advisers and 132 Countdown advisers strategically positioned to offer individual consultation advice to farmers with complex fertility and mastitis issues.

    Program outcomes:

    • Achieved an annual bulk milk cell count of less than 250,000 on 81 per cent of farms maintaining the quality required for processing.
    • Achieved 98.9 per cent compliance towards an industry target to completely phase out calving induction on Australian dairy farms by 2022. We continue to support farmers by providing comprehensive information on best practice calving and fertility practice.
    • Achieved approval of a new antimicrobial stewardship initiative plan to investigate and improve antibiotic use on dairy farms through research and extension activities.

  • Copy Link Farm Business Management (FBM)

    Animal Health and Fertility

    Objective: Enhance animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

    FY19 Investment Projects 
     $0.9m Managing Milk Quality (P106) 

    Improving Reproductive Performance (P107)

    Animal Health & Welfare – On-farm (P213)

    Program outputs and highlights:

    • Delivered 85 farmer courses and workshops across Australia to 1,087 farmers including:
    •  34 workshops training farmers to improve profitability through enhanced milk quality
    •  12 courses focused on enhancing reproductive performance
    •  32 workshops specifically promoting best practices in on-farm animal husbandry, including calf rearing and humane euthanasia.
    • Developed the ‘How to’ InCalf farmer case studies, comprising videos focusing on the implementation of best practice reproductive management by individual herd managers.
    • Delivered two rounds of advanced adviser training, contributing to a network of 64 Repro Right advisers and 132 Countdown advisers strategically positioned to offer individual consultation advice to farmers with complex fertility and mastitis issues.

    Program outcomes:

    • Achieved an annual bulk milk cell count of less than 250,000 on 81 per cent of farms maintaining the quality required for processing.
    • Achieved 98.9 per cent compliance towards an industry target to completely phase out calving induction on Australian dairy farms by 2022. We continue to support farmers by providing comprehensive information on best practice calving and fertility practice.
    • Achieved approval of a new antimicrobial stewardship initiative plan to investigate and improve antibiotic use on dairy farms through research and extension activities.

  • Copy Link AgTech and Innovation

    Animal Health and Fertility

    Objective: Enhance animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

    FY19 Investment Projects 
     $0.9m Managing Milk Quality (P106) 

    Improving Reproductive Performance (P107)

    Animal Health & Welfare – On-farm (P213)

    Program outputs and highlights:

    • Delivered 85 farmer courses and workshops across Australia to 1,087 farmers including:
    •  34 workshops training farmers to improve profitability through enhanced milk quality
    •  12 courses focused on enhancing reproductive performance
    •  32 workshops specifically promoting best practices in on-farm animal husbandry, including calf rearing and humane euthanasia.
    • Developed the ‘How to’ InCalf farmer case studies, comprising videos focusing on the implementation of best practice reproductive management by individual herd managers.
    • Delivered two rounds of advanced adviser training, contributing to a network of 64 Repro Right advisers and 132 Countdown advisers strategically positioned to offer individual consultation advice to farmers with complex fertility and mastitis issues.

    Program outcomes:

    • Achieved an annual bulk milk cell count of less than 250,000 on 81 per cent of farms maintaining the quality required for processing.
    • Achieved 98.9 per cent compliance towards an industry target to completely phase out calving induction on Australian dairy farms by 2022. We continue to support farmers by providing comprehensive information on best practice calving and fertility practice.
    • Achieved approval of a new antimicrobial stewardship initiative plan to investigate and improve antibiotic use on dairy farms through research and extension activities.

  • Copy Link Land, Water, Carbon

    Animal Health and Fertility

    Objective: Enhance animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

    FY19 Investment Projects 
     $0.9m Managing Milk Quality (P106) 

    Improving Reproductive Performance (P107)

    Animal Health & Welfare – On-farm (P213)

    Program outputs and highlights:

    • Delivered 85 farmer courses and workshops across Australia to 1,087 farmers including:
    •  34 workshops training farmers to improve profitability through enhanced milk quality
    •  12 courses focused on enhancing reproductive performance
    •  32 workshops specifically promoting best practices in on-farm animal husbandry, including calf rearing and humane euthanasia.
    • Developed the ‘How to’ InCalf farmer case studies, comprising videos focusing on the implementation of best practice reproductive management by individual herd managers.
    • Delivered two rounds of advanced adviser training, contributing to a network of 64 Repro Right advisers and 132 Countdown advisers strategically positioned to offer individual consultation advice to farmers with complex fertility and mastitis issues.

    Program outcomes:

    • Achieved an annual bulk milk cell count of less than 250,000 on 81 per cent of farms maintaining the quality required for processing.
    • Achieved 98.9 per cent compliance towards an industry target to completely phase out calving induction on Australian dairy farms by 2022. We continue to support farmers by providing comprehensive information on best practice calving and fertility practice.
    • Achieved approval of a new antimicrobial stewardship initiative plan to investigate and improve antibiotic use on dairy farms through research and extension activities.

  • Copy Link International Market Support

    Animal Health and Fertility

    Objective: Enhance animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

    FY19 Investment Projects 
     $0.9m Managing Milk Quality (P106) 

    Improving Reproductive Performance (P107)

    Animal Health & Welfare – On-farm (P213)

    Program outputs and highlights:

    • Delivered 85 farmer courses and workshops across Australia to 1,087 farmers including:
    •  34 workshops training farmers to improve profitability through enhanced milk quality
    •  12 courses focused on enhancing reproductive performance
    •  32 workshops specifically promoting best practices in on-farm animal husbandry, including calf rearing and humane euthanasia.
    • Developed the ‘How to’ InCalf farmer case studies, comprising videos focusing on the implementation of best practice reproductive management by individual herd managers.
    • Delivered two rounds of advanced adviser training, contributing to a network of 64 Repro Right advisers and 132 Countdown advisers strategically positioned to offer individual consultation advice to farmers with complex fertility and mastitis issues.

    Program outcomes:

    • Achieved an annual bulk milk cell count of less than 250,000 on 81 per cent of farms maintaining the quality required for processing.
    • Achieved 98.9 per cent compliance towards an industry target to completely phase out calving induction on Australian dairy farms by 2022. We continue to support farmers by providing comprehensive information on best practice calving and fertility practice.
    • Achieved approval of a new antimicrobial stewardship initiative plan to investigate and improve antibiotic use on dairy farms through research and extension activities.

  • Copy Link Manufacturing Innovation and Sustainability

    Animal Health and Fertility

    Objective: Enhance animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

    FY19 Investment Projects 
     $0.9m Managing Milk Quality (P106) 

    Improving Reproductive Performance (P107)

    Animal Health & Welfare – On-farm (P213)

    Program outputs and highlights:

    • Delivered 85 farmer courses and workshops across Australia to 1,087 farmers including:
    •  34 workshops training farmers to improve profitability through enhanced milk quality
    •  12 courses focused on enhancing reproductive performance
    •  32 workshops specifically promoting best practices in on-farm animal husbandry, including calf rearing and humane euthanasia.
    • Developed the ‘How to’ InCalf farmer case studies, comprising videos focusing on the implementation of best practice reproductive management by individual herd managers.
    • Delivered two rounds of advanced adviser training, contributing to a network of 64 Repro Right advisers and 132 Countdown advisers strategically positioned to offer individual consultation advice to farmers with complex fertility and mastitis issues.

    Program outcomes:

    • Achieved an annual bulk milk cell count of less than 250,000 on 81 per cent of farms maintaining the quality required for processing.
    • Achieved 98.9 per cent compliance towards an industry target to completely phase out calving induction on Australian dairy farms by 2022. We continue to support farmers by providing comprehensive information on best practice calving and fertility practice.
    • Achieved approval of a new antimicrobial stewardship initiative plan to investigate and improve antibiotic use on dairy farms through research and extension activities.

Strategic Priority 2: Capable People – Performance Snapshot

Strategic Priority 2 (SP2) encompasses programs that enhance the capability of industry participants. This includes extension services (the sharing of Strategic Priority 1 knowledge with farmers and advisors) and more general education and training activities which:

  • attract people to the sector
  • build capability
  • provide assistance in career transitions.

Below are the key programs for SP2.

  • Copy Link People & Capability

    Animal Health and Fertility

    Objective: Enhance animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

    FY19 Investment Projects 
     $0.9m Managing Milk Quality (P106) 

    Improving Reproductive Performance (P107)

    Animal Health & Welfare – On-farm (P213)

    Program outputs and highlights:

    • Delivered 85 farmer courses and workshops across Australia to 1,087 farmers including:
    •  34 workshops training farmers to improve profitability through enhanced milk quality
    •  12 courses focused on enhancing reproductive performance
    •  32 workshops specifically promoting best practices in on-farm animal husbandry, including calf rearing and humane euthanasia.
    • Developed the ‘How to’ InCalf farmer case studies, comprising videos focusing on the implementation of best practice reproductive management by individual herd managers.
    • Delivered two rounds of advanced adviser training, contributing to a network of 64 Repro Right advisers and 132 Countdown advisers strategically positioned to offer individual consultation advice to farmers with complex fertility and mastitis issues.

    Program outcomes:

    • Achieved an annual bulk milk cell count of less than 250,000 on 81 per cent of farms maintaining the quality required for processing.
    • Achieved 98.9 per cent compliance towards an industry target to completely phase out calving induction on Australian dairy farms by 2022. We continue to support farmers by providing comprehensive information on best practice calving and fertility practice.
    • Achieved approval of a new antimicrobial stewardship initiative plan to investigate and improve antibiotic use on dairy farms through research and extension activities.

  • Copy Link Regional Extension Services

    Animal Health and Fertility

    Objective: Enhance animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

    FY19 Investment Projects 
     $0.9m Managing Milk Quality (P106) 

    Improving Reproductive Performance (P107)

    Animal Health & Welfare – On-farm (P213)

    Program outputs and highlights:

    • Delivered 85 farmer courses and workshops across Australia to 1,087 farmers including:
    •  34 workshops training farmers to improve profitability through enhanced milk quality
    •  12 courses focused on enhancing reproductive performance
    •  32 workshops specifically promoting best practices in on-farm animal husbandry, including calf rearing and humane euthanasia.
    • Developed the ‘How to’ InCalf farmer case studies, comprising videos focusing on the implementation of best practice reproductive management by individual herd managers.
    • Delivered two rounds of advanced adviser training, contributing to a network of 64 Repro Right advisers and 132 Countdown advisers strategically positioned to offer individual consultation advice to farmers with complex fertility and mastitis issues.

    Program outcomes:

    • Achieved an annual bulk milk cell count of less than 250,000 on 81 per cent of farms maintaining the quality required for processing.
    • Achieved 98.9 per cent compliance towards an industry target to completely phase out calving induction on Australian dairy farms by 2022. We continue to support farmers by providing comprehensive information on best practice calving and fertility practice.
    • Achieved approval of a new antimicrobial stewardship initiative plan to investigate and improve antibiotic use on dairy farms through research and extension activities.

Strategic Priority 3: Trusted Industry – Performance Snapshot

Strategic Priority 3 (SP3) activities have a strong focus on maintaining the industry’s long-term social licence to operate. These include:

  • marketing and communications to build consumer trust and confidence in dairy products and the industry
  • informing policy with industry insights and research
  • collecting, analysing and distributing sector statistics and information for the benefit of industry stakeholders
  • maintaining the sector’s Sustainability Framework which sets and measures goals around sustainability credentials.

Below are the key programs for SP3.

  • Copy Link Industry risk and reputation management

    Animal Health and Fertility

    Objective: Enhance animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

    FY19 Investment Projects 
     $0.9m Managing Milk Quality (P106) 

    Improving Reproductive Performance (P107)

    Animal Health & Welfare – On-farm (P213)

    Program outputs and highlights:

    • Delivered 85 farmer courses and workshops across Australia to 1,087 farmers including:
    •  34 workshops training farmers to improve profitability through enhanced milk quality
    •  12 courses focused on enhancing reproductive performance
    •  32 workshops specifically promoting best practices in on-farm animal husbandry, including calf rearing and humane euthanasia.
    • Developed the ‘How to’ InCalf farmer case studies, comprising videos focusing on the implementation of best practice reproductive management by individual herd managers.
    • Delivered two rounds of advanced adviser training, contributing to a network of 64 Repro Right advisers and 132 Countdown advisers strategically positioned to offer individual consultation advice to farmers with complex fertility and mastitis issues.

    Program outcomes:

    • Achieved an annual bulk milk cell count of less than 250,000 on 81 per cent of farms maintaining the quality required for processing.
    • Achieved 98.9 per cent compliance towards an industry target to completely phase out calving induction on Australian dairy farms by 2022. We continue to support farmers by providing comprehensive information on best practice calving and fertility practice.
    • Achieved approval of a new antimicrobial stewardship initiative plan to investigate and improve antibiotic use on dairy farms through research and extension activities.

  • Copy Link Industry and Community Marketing

    Animal Health and Fertility

    Objective: Enhance animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

    FY19 Investment Projects 
     $0.9m Managing Milk Quality (P106) 

    Improving Reproductive Performance (P107)

    Animal Health & Welfare – On-farm (P213)

    Program outputs and highlights:

    • Delivered 85 farmer courses and workshops across Australia to 1,087 farmers including:
    •  34 workshops training farmers to improve profitability through enhanced milk quality
    •  12 courses focused on enhancing reproductive performance
    •  32 workshops specifically promoting best practices in on-farm animal husbandry, including calf rearing and humane euthanasia.
    • Developed the ‘How to’ InCalf farmer case studies, comprising videos focusing on the implementation of best practice reproductive management by individual herd managers.
    • Delivered two rounds of advanced adviser training, contributing to a network of 64 Repro Right advisers and 132 Countdown advisers strategically positioned to offer individual consultation advice to farmers with complex fertility and mastitis issues.

    Program outcomes:

    • Achieved an annual bulk milk cell count of less than 250,000 on 81 per cent of farms maintaining the quality required for processing.
    • Achieved 98.9 per cent compliance towards an industry target to completely phase out calving induction on Australian dairy farms by 2022. We continue to support farmers by providing comprehensive information on best practice calving and fertility practice.
    • Achieved approval of a new antimicrobial stewardship initiative plan to investigate and improve antibiotic use on dairy farms through research and extension activities.

  • Copy Link Knowledge and Insights

    Animal Health and Fertility

    Objective: Enhance animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

    FY19 Investment Projects 
     $0.9m Managing Milk Quality (P106) 

    Improving Reproductive Performance (P107)

    Animal Health & Welfare – On-farm (P213)

    Program outputs and highlights:

    • Delivered 85 farmer courses and workshops across Australia to 1,087 farmers including:
    •  34 workshops training farmers to improve profitability through enhanced milk quality
    •  12 courses focused on enhancing reproductive performance
    •  32 workshops specifically promoting best practices in on-farm animal husbandry, including calf rearing and humane euthanasia.
    • Developed the ‘How to’ InCalf farmer case studies, comprising videos focusing on the implementation of best practice reproductive management by individual herd managers.
    • Delivered two rounds of advanced adviser training, contributing to a network of 64 Repro Right advisers and 132 Countdown advisers strategically positioned to offer individual consultation advice to farmers with complex fertility and mastitis issues.

    Program outcomes:

    • Achieved an annual bulk milk cell count of less than 250,000 on 81 per cent of farms maintaining the quality required for processing.
    • Achieved 98.9 per cent compliance towards an industry target to completely phase out calving induction on Australian dairy farms by 2022. We continue to support farmers by providing comprehensive information on best practice calving and fertility practice.
    • Achieved approval of a new antimicrobial stewardship initiative plan to investigate and improve antibiotic use on dairy farms through research and extension activities.

Initiatives

Dairy biosecurity

Dairy biosecurity is vital for protecting your farm. Dairy farmers and their advisors now have access to a new online biosecurity tool to build their skills and adapt their management approach to biosecurity risks.

Hay and grain reports

The hay and grain report is commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. The report is updated 40 weeks per year.

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