Soft­ware train­ing avail­able

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - Farm­ers want­ing to reg­is­ter are in­vited to con­tact: Wendy Anso, LIC learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor on DDI 07 859 4142 or via LIC re­cep­tion 0800 651 156 or Via email (name, which work­shop, num­ber at­tend­ing and con­tact de­tails) to train­ing@lic.co.nz

Dairy farm­ers across New Zealand have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend free soft­ware train­ing which could open the door to im­proved cow con­cep­tion rates dur­ing the up­com­ing mat­ing sea­son and bet­ter pas­ture man­age­ment.

The train­ing is just one of a pro­gramme of 31 work­shops be­ing held by dairy farmer co-op­er­a­tive LIC from one end of the coun­try to the other in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber this year.

The ma­jor­ity of New Zealand dairy farm­ers use LIC’s herd record­ing pro­gramme, MINDA, to man­age in­di­vid­ual and herd in­for­ma­tion and the work­shops will help them get even more value.

LIC gen­eral man­ager farm sys­tems, Rob Ford, said tech­nol­ogy is more a part of mod­ern dairy­ing than it has ever been.

Two work­shops are on of­fer one in the morn­ing and the sec­ond in the af­ter­noon.The morn­ing ses­sion is de­signed to help farm­ers get to grips with MINDA Land & Feed Basics so they are more able to off­set weather ex­tremes, be com­pli­ant with en­vi­ron­men­tal re­quire­ments and, over­all, achieve more ef­fi­cient use of pas­ture.

The af­ter­noon ses­sion is de­signed to help farm­ers im­prove their abil­ity to man­age and an­a­lyse cow and herd mat­ing per­for­mance dur­ing the up­com­ing dairy mat­ing sea­son.

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