The Foundation has supported research in Dairy Science for more than 50 years.

In this time, the Dairy Science Section has achieved a reputation for excellence in animal research of worldwide standing.

This has been due in no small part to the leadership provided by the Foundation Directors, namely Dr. W. Whittlestone, Dr. A.K. Lascelles, Dr. R.C.Kellaway, Emeritus Professor E.F.Annison, Dr.G.H. McDowell, Dr. Jim Gooden Dr Bill Fulkerson and at present Associate Professor Yani Garcia.

The Dairy Science Section has a proud record of research achievement in the areas of:

  • Milking Machine Design and Function.
  • Lactational Physiology.
  • Lipid Metabolism.
  • The Partitioning of Nutrients during Lactation.
  • Control of Enteric Disease in Young Calves.
  • Artificial Induction of Lactation.
  • Control of Milk Fever.
  • Regulation of Lactation at the Cellular Level.
  • Pasture-based systems.
  • Feedbase.
  • Forage Crops.
  • Robotic milking and voluntary cow traffic.
  • Advanced automation and Technologies for dairying.

At present the focus for research is on forage production, feed management and future farming systems and innovations.

Extension of Research to the Industry

The Foundation plays an important role in keeping the dairy industry informed on new research developments, and on the practical application of research findings.

Much of this activity has been centred on the Annual Symposium which is held at Camden and various locations within the state and attracts an audience of over 150 people each year.