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Read about the objectives and 3 year plan focus of our Managing Milk Quality program and listings of our Countdown advisers, including vets and milking machine techs.

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    Countdown Farm Guidelines

    Practical advice on mastitis control

    Essential guidelines for everyone who milks cows, providing advice on all aspects of mastitis control and milk quality and covers best practices at each stage of the cow’s lactation.
    The guidelines integrate with the Countdown Mastitis Toolkit App and support the revised 'Cups On Cups' Off course offered by the NCDE.

    Order your Countdown Farm Guidelines here

    Dairy farmers can order a free hard copy. Just supply your postcode and your Dairy Australia dairy enterprise number (which can be found on recent correspondence from Dairy Australia or by contacting our member information line on 1800 004 377).

    For all others the cost is $25 per copy including postage within Australia.

    Countdown Farm Guidelines for Mastitis Control (PDF, 5MB)

    The Guidelines are underpinned by the Countdown Technotes - a comprehensive manual for farm advisers that provide the the rationale behind each Farm Guideline recommendation, scientific context, practical tips and key references for further reading.

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    Countdown people and team

    Countdown trained advisers

    Countdown Adviser Short Course gives milking machine techs, vets, and other dairy advisers a framework for working with clients. 

    Please click on the links below to see the dairy vets, techs and advisers who have completed Countdown's Adviser Short Courses. The lists are sorted by State, then town/city, then surname.

    Advisers please note: you will not appear on this list until you have completed your final assessment.

    Countdown MQ Adviser training

    The Countdown MQ Advisor training provides milking machine technicians, dairy vets and other dairy advisers with a wealth of up-to-date technical information, the opportunity to practise new investigation techniques and a framework for working with farmer clients on mastitis and milk quality issues.

    This course includes 3 two-day workshops spread over 6 months, with online learning modules and on farm assignments to complete before each workshop.

    Next Course:

    The key dates for next course are shown below:

    Important dates What Where
    August 2018 Applications open Online
    Monday 27th August 2018 Applications Close  Online
    Monday 3rd September 2018  Notification of acceptance  Online
    Monday 10th September 2018  Payment due  Online
    Monday 17th September 2018  Online training begins Online
    Mon 19th- Tues 20th November 2018  Module 1 Face to Face workshop  Warragul, Vic 
    Mon 25th- Tues 26th February 2019  Module 2 Face to Face workshop  Warragul, Vic 
    Mon 6th- Tues 7th May 2019  Module 3 Face to Face workshop  Warragul, Vic 
    Mon 17th June 2019  Training completion  Online 

    Click here to go to the application form for this year’s course.

    Please subscribe to the Countdown 2020 program e-subscriber list to receive notification of future courses. 

    Testimonials from previous attendees:

    Exceptionally well put-together, run by engaging and informative presenters who are just an absolute wealth of information and experience. Learned so much, not just about milk quality but also how I engage with clients.

    The consultation and communication skills covered in the course are applicable to all consultations with farming clients. This will be highly valuable to my work generally.

    The investment on our part has been well rewarded and despite the focus being milk quality, my enthusiasm for the broader dairy component of the work we do has grown significantly also. 

    Mastitis Focus Report

    If you have any comments about the list please contact Countdown

  • Copy Link Shed guides and videos

    Countdown Shed Guides and videos

    Countdown Shed Guides

    The Shed Guides are designed to be used by milkers and farm managers as visual guides for prevention, monitoring and treatment of mastitis. These practical step-by-step Shed Guides are water resistant and can be hung up in the dairy shed for easy reference.

    Farmers ordering the Shed Guides will also receive a bonus high quality Dairy Australia milking apron.

    Order your copy of the Countdown Shed Guides here.

    View our Countdown shed guides - Prevent, monitor and treat (PDF, 2MB)

    Countdown videos

    Treatment of clinical mastitis

    Walk through the steps involved in treating a cow with clinical mastitis.

    Rapid Mastitis Testing

    How to use a Rapid Mastitis Test to identify if a cow has subclinical mastitis.


    Pre-Milking Teat Preparation

    Learn about pre-milking teat preparation to reduce the risk of clinical mastitis and improve milking performance.

    Dry Cow Treatment

    Showing the basic techniques of how to dry off cows at the end of lactation.


Our Farm, Our Plan

Our Farm, Our Plan is a new program designed to equip farmers to clarify their long term goals, identify the actions needed and to manage uncertainty and risk.

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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