Pillars of a New Dairy System
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The Pillars of a New Dairy System is an eight-year research programme by DairyNZ to enhance cow health, fertility, and lifespan. The research focuses on closing the gap in the In-Calf rate, enhancing genetics for cow fertility, understanding poor conception rates, reducing on-farm cow mortality, and ensuring rapid recovery post-calving. Notably, the research found that most pregnancy losses happen in the first week post-breeding. Also, 21% of cows exit herds annually, largely due to health issues. High-Fertility Breeding Value cows present better fertility rates. DairyNZ has collaborated with many universities and organisations, benefiting from their diverse expertise.
The Pillars of a new dairy system is an eight-year DairyNZ-led research programme that aims to provide management and genetic solutions to improve cow health, fertility and longevity.
We're marking 15 years working alongside farmers to provide scientific solutions to farming challenges. Pillars of a New Dairy System was a collaborative research programme that brought together leading international scientists. It made several exciting discoveries to help improve dairy cow health, fertility and longevity. Find out more in the video below:
This programme is funded by NZ dairy farmers through DairyNZ Inc. and by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), with additional funding from AgResearch and in-kind support from LIC and Fonterra.
This programme involves a multi-disciplinary team of research collaborators led by DairyNZ. The core team involves: AbacusBio, AgResearch, Cognosco (a division of Anexa Animal Health Centre), Massey University, Monash University, New Zealand Animal Evaluation Limited, Queensland University of Technology, University of Auckland, University of Queensland, VetEnt, VetSouth and Victoria University of Wellington.