26 March 2021

Shed shares - insights from LIC experts

‘Shed shares’ are online sessions with LIC specialists that will give you an insight into what we're working on and what it means to you.

We’ll be holding Shed Shares on topics relevant to your farm and the future of the dairy industry every few weeks.

To view these sessions, Zoom links are under each topic below.

Recordings of each Shed Share and at the bottom of the page, in case you aren’t able to make it to one.

Milking is one of the most important activities on a dairy farm and the number of milkings per day can have a big impact on a farm’s daily routine and structure.

In this Shed Share, FarmWise Consultant Brent Boyce will discuss milking frequency and its history, and how farmers can maintain productivity and profitability whilst reducing the number of milkings per lactation.

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LIC’s Research and Development team will discuss the SFF Futures Resilient Dairy Programme, followed by a focus on the cow’s microbiome led by Research Leader Christine Couldrey.

In this session, Esther Donkersloot (Scientist – Quantitative Genetics) will briefly explain what we are trying to achieve under Resilient Diary and how the work is structured.

The main focus will be on the microbiome work stream, which will be presented by Christine. She will explain how we are trying to capture value through DNA sequencing of all species present in milk and faecal samples. We will also share some outcomes from this Resilient Dairy work stream so far and talk about what our RnD team is working on.

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LIC Animal Performance Manager Steve Forsman will be sharing his observations from seven years of monitoring heifer live-weight data, inlcuding:

· Explaining how the MINDA-Weights tool aligns with industry heifer live-weight targets

· Are the targets achievable? Let’s look at what we know from the weights recorded in MINDA – it is a good news story

· Are estimated LWT targets accurate? Looking at the analysis of mature cow live-weights to sense check the mature weight estimate

· What are the consequences of falling short? How the LWT milestones impact on herd life and early life production

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Session recordings

LIC Genetics

Shed Share - Genetics

Get up to date with the latest and greatest in LIC’s genetics space, as we touch on LIC’s new genomic tool, sexed semen as well as what's in store for this year’s Premier Sires teams.

Environmental challenges

Shed Share - environmental challenges

Environmental challenges are going to shape the future of agriculture in New Zealand and globally. Greenhouse gas emissions are leading to increasing regulations and reduction targets, particularly regarding methane burps from ruminant animals. Water quality is also a key concern for many New Zealanders with national regulations filtering down through to catchment specific outcomes across the country.

Tony will cover key points of what farmers will be required to achieve and look at what LIC is doing to help prepare to assist farmers on their journey. Find out more about the role HoofPrint® may play.

Shed Share Episode 4 - Methane production in cows

Shed Share Methane production

Is there genetic variation in methane production?

AgResearch’s success at finding genetic variation in methane production in sheep has lead to a joint project between LIC and CRV to answer this question. Come and hear about how to measure methane in cattle and what we have found so far.

Shed Share Episode 3 – Facial Eczema

Shed Share Facial Eczema

Shed Share Episode 3 – Facial Eczema

Driving Herd Improvement

Herd improvement is on the dawn of a new era. With a future of reducing cow numbers, now more than ever, a focus on herd improvement is essential for the continued success of the New Zealand dairy industry.

Join Rachel Bloxham, Herd Improvement Technical Manager, as she gives an overview of how the industry has tracked over the past couple of decades, an understanding of the key principles of herd improvement and the levers that help drive herd improvement and genetic gain on farm.

Pt 1 of 5 Johnes Disease an Overview

Shed Share JD 1

Pt 1 of 5 Johnes Disease an Overview

Pt 2 of 5 Johne’s Diagnosis and on-farm impact

Shed Share JD 2

Pt 2 of 5 Johne’s Diagnosis and on-farm impact

Pt 3 of 5 Managing Johne’s

Shed Share JD 3

Pt 3 of 5 Managing Johne’s

Pt 4 of 5 Johne’s management and results

Shed Share JD 4

Pt 4 of 5 Johne’s management and results

Pt 5 of 5 Diagnostics

Shed Share JD 5

Pt 5 of 5 Diagnostics