There are a number of essential courses, workshops and discussion groups to assist farmers with preventing udder issues including mastitis and developing approaches to optimising milk quality . These are all run through your RDP.
Courses, workshops and discussion groups
Learning options for you and your farm team are:
Milking and Mastitis Management (Fundamentals)
Milking and Mastitis Management (Fundamentals) is an introductory on-farm training program for new and less experienced staff. It sets the foundation for staff to be able to safely and effectively handle livestock and follow milking processes.
Completed over five days, participants will work through five modules: bringing the cows into the dairy; putting cups on; taking cups off; post-milking teat disinfection; and the identification of mastitis. Participants start each module with short online training. Following each online session, participants are expected to practise and demonstrate their skills in the dairy yard or shed with the support of an on-farm coach.
Download the Milking and Mastitis Management (Fundamentals) flyer for information for participants and coaches.
To register for the program, contact your regional team.
COCO - Cups on cups off course
One of our most popular workshops, come along and learn hands-on methods for preventing, treating and controlling mastitis in your dairy herd. The course comprises two sessions held over two days and run by a qualified vet. You and your team will walk away from the course crystal clear on how to effectively harvest milk in a way that prevents mastitis in your dairy herd. Contact your RDP to register.
Pre milking teat preparation discussion module
A great way to fine-tune your pre-milking teat skills and prevent environmental mastitis on your dairy herd. The discussion module will also go into the basics of a good PMTP routine for a good bactoscan result. Contact your RDP to register.
Countdown milk quality course for advisors
Training for on-farm advisory personnel to investigate a range of common milk quality issues on Australian dairy farms and develop an appropriate approach to optimising milk quality.
Dry off discussion module
This discussion module helps you develop an effective dry-off strategy for your herd to prevent udder issues, particularly mastitis. The discussion covers the use of batch dry-off lists, selective dry cow therapy and making sound decisions on product choice.
Webinar - Mycoplasma biosecurity
Protect your farm from serious diseases such as mycoplasma infections and learn best practice in mycoplasma biosecurity via this one hour webinar. Watch the webinar on YouTube.