Downloads & Links

Fertility versus production in Tasmanian dairy cows

Richard presented his views on the most valuable trait for Tasmanian dairy farmers to focus on when selecting sires for their herds

The best cow for Tasmanian dairying

InCalf Book for Dairy Farmers (Edn 2)

Richard edited and updated many chapters of the second edition of the InCalf Book in his role as the InCalf Project Leader for Dairy Australia



Case studies on herd reproductive performance management

Richard led the development of these practical farmer-orientated case studies of herd reproductive and financial performance. These case studies have proven very popular with dairy farmers and advisers as the industry strives to improve dairy cow reproduction


MLA Priority Endemic Diseases Report

The final MLA report estimating the total costs of key diseases of beef cattle, sheep and goats in Australia including an estimate of the achievable returns from improved control of disease is available below. Richard led development of the economic assessment methodology and framework for assessing the whole-farm impact of endemic diseases in the Australian red meat industry



Cattle Compensation Fund of Victoria BJD Review Report

The final report to the Victorian Cattle Compensation Fund summarising the epidemiology of Bovine Johne’s Disease, assessing and evaluating the (BJD) test and control (TCP3) program, evaluating feedback from stakeholders and  examining options for the future management of BJD is available via the link below

BJD Cattle Compensation Fund Final Report


ANZCVS Science Week 2015


The PDF of the slides on how to build a deterministic model of the cost of BVD in an endemic dairy herd presented by Richard at Science Week (Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists – ANZCVS) in July 2015 is available via the link below

BVD Science Week 2015 Presentation

Bovine Johne’s Disease

The PDF of the BJD presentation is available via the link below. Richard has done extensive work on Johne’s disease and has examined the impact of disease at herd level and the performance of control programs and industry and national levels. He has led a number of reviews of control programs on Johne’s disease

BJD Science Week 2015 Presentation


Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV)

Richard has examined the physical and financial impacts of bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) in Australian dairy herds used detailed computer simulation modelling. These documents describe the construction of the BVDV farm-level model and the assessment of the impact of BVDV and various control programs for BVDV on farm economic performance




ANZCVS Science Week 2016


The pdf of the presentation exploring the interaction between management and genetics in dairy herds on fertility, productivity and profitability. This deck explores how management drives the performance of genetics and how selection for fertility can provide paradoxical production benefits through enhanced culling. This shows how all aspects of (complex) farms interact. This is also a cautionary tale against simple linear extrapolation of study findings to the whole farm without considering other constraints that may be operating on the farm

G*E Science Week Presentation


 Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation

The commissioned review of dairy cow fertility report conducted for the GGDF is available via the link below. Richard and Rob Woolaston produced this highly-regarded report.

Gardiner Foundation Dairy Reproduction Review


Selected peer-reviewed published papers








Associated organisations

Dairy Australia Hico website