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.

In this session Steve Davis from our RnD team will go through the ins and outs of Facial Eczema (FE) and what work LIC is doing in this space.

Esther Donkersloot (Scientist – Quantitative Genetics) will introduce the session and explain how this project fits into the SFF Futures Resilient Dairy Programme. After this Steve Davis (Senior Scientist) will focus on FE and answer common asked questions.

The session will answer the following questions:

  • What is Facial Eczema?
  • How does it impact farm practices?
  • What are farmers doing and how is this working for them?
  • What LIC has done in the past on this?
  • What is LIC trying to do under the Resilient Dairy programme on this?
  • How does this fit in with other parties working on Facial Eczema?

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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 Couldrey (Research Leader - Molecular Genetics). Christine 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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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.

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

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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

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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.

LIC and Anexa Veterinary Services are teaming up with local dairy farmer Brendon O’Leary to provide information on managing Johne’s disease (JD) within your herd.

Brendon will be sharing his first-hand experience of managing JD on his farm and how he has dealt with the challenges throughout his journey. As part of his story, Anexa Veterinary Services will be providing advice and guidance regarding the on-farm management practices required in the control of JD on farm.

In addition to this, LIC will be providing the latest statistics on the prevalence of JD (based on the LIC dataset) as well as the diagnostic testing options available to dairy farmers to detect the disease.