The DairyBio initiative will deliver large-scale improvements in the performance of pastures and herds through the application of bioscience.
Bioscience involves the use of modern tools to study biology on an industrial scale, and DairyBio will use these approaches to create practical outcomes for the Australian dairy industry.
The impact of the work of DairyBio that will be delivered through new pasture varieties and cattle genetics will increase pasture productivity by $800/Ha/year and herd productivity by $350/cow/year.
These outcomes will continue the development of key innovations from Dairy Futures CRC and deliver improvements to the dairy industry on an annual cycle. The work program extensively uses new science methods, such as studies of gene expression in cattle, the first use of genome editing in pasture breeding and wide-ranging use of phenomics in the measurement of pasture performance.
Farmers routinely purchase pasture seed to renovate their land and routinely purchase cattle semen to impregnate cows. These familiar practices will not change and this means that adoption of these innovations at farm level will be straight forward.
Significant changes are underway to the breeding programs that create elite pasture and elite herds so as to maximise the impact of new innovations. Partnerships with industry are critically important, and result in co-investment and provision of critical inputs into the research programs, such as elite lines of germplasm, national herd improvement data, and commercial expertise.
For more information on Dairy Futures CRC, which operated from 2010 to 2016, please follow the link to their website: www.dairyfuturescrc.com.au