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Day 1 - Herd '19 Conference

Tuesday 19 March 2019

9.30am - 10.30am - Arrival and registration to the Herd ’19 Conference

Enjoy a refreshment and morning tea upon arrival.

10.30am - 10.40am - Official Welcome

Conference Master of Ceremonies and communications consultant to the herd improvement industry Esther Jones sets up the days ahead, leading us through the official welcome.

10.40am - 10.55am - Session 1 - Craig Lister - Why are we here?

As a dairy farmer and leading breeder of high genetic merit bulls, Craig understands what change is needed to succeed – on farm. As a director of DataGene he is part of the decision-making team that is making change happen. But will the farm sector embrace those changes fast enough to keep pace with the global expectations of dairy? We have asked Craig to explore how the herd improvement industry can motivate the necessary rate of change in our farmer base.

10.55am - 11.20am - Session 2 - Matt Shaffer - Leading change

Since the Herd series commenced in 2009, Matt Shaffer has been at the centre of a decade of change through leadership positions at Holstein Australia, Dairy Australia and now as the CEO of DataGene. Matt will provide an insight into the change that has occurred in both the Australian and global herd improvement industries since 2009 and consider what’s to come.

11.20am - 11.55am - Session 3 - David Nation - The Australian Dairy Plan

The Australian Dairy Plan aims to rally the industry to set a clear vision and purpose for the next five years and beyond. David will talk about the opportunity for the broader dairy community to have their say and the role our herd improvement industry has to play.

11.55am - 12.20pm - Session 4 -  Ross Anderson - Impact of innovation on our people 

What is the impact of new technology, new client demands and new organisational demands on a herd recording organisation’s people? How do you create an environment that enables change and inspires both staff and customers?

12.20pm - 12.40pm - Session 5 - Tim Jelbart - A story of change

Tim was a participant in the ImProving Herds project and through this was introduced to a new world of genomics and BPIs. But with a strong grounding in the economics of managing a successful dairy farm, how did Tim reconcile the project’s research findings with what he sees on the ground?

12.40pm-12.45pm An introduction from Zoetis followed by a lunch in the hospitality area

12.45pm - 1.45pm - Luncheon - Lunch is proudly sponsored by Zoetis

1.45pm - 2.10pm - Session 6 - Sijne van der Beek - Unintended consequences

Sijne van der Beek, Manager Innovation CRV will share some insight into the unintended consequences in adoption of genomic selection strategies and what we need to do to support our staff and customers. 

2.10pm - 2.45pm - Session 7 - Jennie Pryce - Opener followed by on the couch with change makers

DairyBio as a change leader. What innovations should we expect in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?
Our panel members will discuss their research and its impact on farmers and the industry.

On the couch with:

• Mary Abdelsayed
• Caeli Richardson
• Evans Cheruiyot

2.45pm - 3.15pm - Session 8 - Nancy Charlton - So you've bought the box, now what?

So you’ve bought the box, now what? Nancy Charlton’s experience in the supervision of robotic installations across North America has revealed some surprising observations in how farmers and the service industry adapt (or not) to change. How can we provide better support to our customers to enable, not disable change?

3.15pm - 3.45pm - Afternoon Tea Break - Afternoon Tea is proudly sponsored by Bentley Instruments Inc USA

3.45pm - 4.05pm - Session 9 -  Jennie Pryce - The vision for MIR at DairyBio / Sam Simpson- The vision for MIR

After just a few short years of MIR development we are getting a glimpse of a technology that holds tremendous potential. We ask Jennie Pryce to look ahead to give us some insight about what’s to come with MIR technology. What secrets are being revealed by this technology and how these could be applied on farm?

As a dairyfarmer on the cutting edge of technology, Sam Simpson has seen her fair share of innovation successes and nightmares. So what are the do’s and don'ts of new technology application on farm?

4.05pm - 4.20pm - Session 10 - Chris Murphy - What's next?

Five years ago, the Herd Improvement Industry Strategic Steering Group established a vision and a plan for a vibrant Australian herd improvement industry knowing that its success was dependent on leadership and partnerships. Chris Murphy has recently reviewed our industry’s progress against the plan and can help us answer ‘are we on track’?

4.20pm - 5.00pm - Session 11 - Lucinda Corrigan & Paul Stammers - Next-gen go-getters

DataGene director Lucinda Corrigan is a go-getter from way back. It takes one to recognise one - and so we ask Lucinda together with Katunga dairy farmer Paul Stammers to meet three of our next-gen go-getters and ask them how they intend to go about go-getting their careers in the Australian dairy herd improvement industry:

-Ebony King
-Amabel Grinter
-Vaughn Johnston

5.00pm - 5.05pm - An introduction from Nat-Tech followed by pre-dinner drinks in the hospitality area 

6.00pm - 7.00pm - Day 1 - Pre-Dinner Drinks are proudly sponsored by Nat-Tech (Bentley Instruments Inc USA)

7.00pm - 10.30pm - The Herd ‘19 Conference Dinner

Paul Stammers “Life after FeedBuddy and becoming a social media sensation” 

Day 2 - Herd ' 19 Conference

Wednesday 20 March 2019

8.00am - 8.30am - Arrival and registration to the Herd ’19 Conference

Mingle with other delegates in preparation for the commencement of Day 2 sessions.

8.30am - 8.40am - Welcome to Day 2

Conference Master of Ceremonies, Esther Jones oversees the morning recovery plans following the celebratory Herd ‘19 conference dinner and introduces Day 2.

8.40am - 9.10am - Session 1 - Ben Hayes - What was the change you thought genomics could make?

How does this compare to the change it has made? What’s to come that we haven’t even dreamed of yet?

9.10am - 9.45am - Session 2 - Pauline Brightling - The rewards of farm-based research

Pauline Brightling from Harris Park will share her wealth of knowledge about how farm based research impacts on technology adoption on farm.

Panel discussion: What drives you to participate in farm-based research? What do you see as the rewards/drawbacks? What makes the interaction work well? What do you need to be prepared for if you undertake research on your farm?

Panel members:
• Lucinda Corrigan
• Anthea Day
• Trevor Henry
• Bill Wales 

9.45am - 10.10am - Session 3 - Brian Albertoni - Global change in a traditional industry

Brian Albertoni from World Wide Sires draws on his many years of global experience to highlight some of the critical changes of our dairy genetics and where this is leading the industry in the future.

10.10am - 10.40am - Day 2 - Morning Tea Break - Morning Tea is proudly sponsored by Foss Pacific

10.40am - 11.10am - Session 4 - On Farm Service Improvement Speakers

10.50am - 11.00am - Daniel Schwarz - Daniel is a cattle disease specialist with Foss who is a world leader in analytical solutions (e.g. FTIR based technologies) and applications in the dairy industry. Daniel will present the latest innovations and how they could be applied on dairy farms for improved dairy herd management.

11.00am - 11.10am - Scott Rathbone - CRC Agrisolutions - Animal Monitoring technology, the move from skeptic to believer, the how and why of my technology journey.

11.10am - 11.40am - Session 5 - John Penry - What does a farm look like without blanket dry cow treatment?

Internationally, animal agriculture is challenged to do their fair share in reducing anti-microbial resistance. John Penry will shed some light on the whys, the ifs, the buts of the elimination of prophylactic antibiotic use.

11.40am - 12.10pm - Session 6 - Tim Humphris & Ee Cheng Ooi - Herd fertility

Since the Herd conference series began, fertility has featured prominently in every program. So what’s changed and what hasn’t? What are some strategies that farmers, service professionals and industry can adopt to make a step change in the fertility of Australian dairy cattle?

12.10 - 12.20pm - Session 7 - Daniel Abernethy - Turning data into decisions

Genomic testing has moved from scientific journals to being used by bull breeding organisations and now by farmers looking to drive genetic improvement of their herd. Daniel Abernethy from Zoetis Genetics will present on the on-going development of genomic testing and the approach taken to turn data into decision.

12.20pm-12.25pm - An introduction from Allflex Australia followed by a lunch in the hospitality area

12.25pm - 1.25pm - Day 2 - Luncheon - Lunch is proudly sponsored by Allfex Australia

1.25pm - 1.55pm - Session 8 - Farmer Tim - The guts and glory of social media

Skype Session: How has social media changed the way farmers interact with consumers? Do we (farmers and service sector) need to change to make the most of this channel? How?

1.55pm - 2.25pm - Session 9 - Lee-Ann Monks - Why on earth would you do it?

DataGene’s marketing and communications manager, Lee-Ann Monks, digs into the minds of our social media champions to understand what it takes to thrive in new media.

Panel discussion:

● Di Bowles
● Greg Tiller
● Adam Sawell
● Aimee Snowden
● Owen Daley
● Farmer Tim

2.25pm-2.45pm - Conference Close

Conference Master of Ceremonies, Esther Jones will officially close the Herd ’19 conference, followed by afternoon tea.