At the International Red Dairy Breed Federation conference, Professor Georg Thaller from Kiel University, Germany, will outline the European ReDiverse project, which highlights the biodiversity within and between European red dairy breeds.
Registrations close this Thursday for the March 22-29, which is being hosted by the Australian Red Dairy Breeds and will centre on Mount Gambier, while an adjoining tour will take delegates from Adelaide to Melbourne.
ReDiverse seeks to develop collaborative and integrated breeding and management practises to maximise the potential of red dairy genetics and, according to conference organiser Kylie Boston, this could become a global effort.
“Professor Thaller’s talk fits well with our conference theme about bringing red breeds together,” Ms Boston said.
Red dairy breeds across Europe are well known for superior functional characteristics and they represent a unique source of genetic diversity.
ReDiverse will generate knowledge and concepts that will be disseminated to lead-users such as the breeding and dairy industry, the food sector, farmer cooperatives and farmers.
During the tour on March 23, veterinarian and dairy farmer Philip Hentschke will show and explain “bones in the bag” at Rydges Pit Lane Hotel at Tailem Bend.
Using examples from a bag of dairy bones, Dr Hentschke will focus on the functional and skeletal structure of dairy cows.
Mr Hentschke is a vet and worked in practice for five years. He had a dairy farm at Invergordon in Vic for 11 years, and a Jersey stud Homelands.
He has also shared his knowledge while lecturing at Roseworthy Campus of University of Adelaide for 16 years and was a classifier for Holstein Australia for five years.
Mr Hentschke is currently assisting a friend with a boutique dairy operation in the Barossa Valley and plans to start dairy consulting work with other interstate vets.
Two young South Australian dairyfarmers have been awarded scholarships to attend the conference, along with representatives from Qld and NSW.
Simon Grosvenor, Mulgundawa Dairy, Mulgundawa, Phil Stasiw, Mount Gambier, Joey Crittenden, Beaulands Aussie Reds, Numbaa, NSW, and Ashley Harrison, Mount Kilcoy, Qld, were selected.
The conference is being held in Australia for the first time since 2000 and is an opportunity for red cattle groups to work together.
- Details: Kylie Boston 0407 231547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.