Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NHIA?

Formed in 1995 as the successor to the Herd Improvement Organisation Victoria, The National Herd Improvement Association of Australia Incorporated (NHIA) is the industry organisation that promotes herd improvement within the Australian dairy industry by providing a range of services to its membership, and through that membership, to benefit Australian dairy farmers.

NHIA, which is managed by a Board of Directors elected by the Members, has a membership spread throughout Australia, with membership reflecting the concentration and distribution of the dairy industry towards the south east corner of Australia.

NHIA’s Objectives are:

  • Lead the continual development of the Australian Herd Improvement Industry;
  • Represent the industry for the benefit of NHIA Members;
  • Stimulate high quality exchange of ideas and technology within the HI industry;
  • Stimulate higher levels of professionalism within the HI Industry
  • Deliver cost effective products and services to the benefit of the members.

What is Important Herd Improvement Information?

Detecting cows on heat is one of the most important factors in successful Artificial Insemination breeding programs. This quick video will be very helpful for all dairy farmers and their staff:

I have been involved in the cattle genetics industry for 33 years. Since 2008 I have been a founding partner of North East Genetics, specialising in breeding programs for beef and dairy producers Australia wide. In recent years we have become the industry leader in the use of Fresh Sexed semen in large synchronised AI programs heifers and cows.

At home I have a commercial beef herd made up of Speckle Park cross cows.

Away from work heavily involved in local sport but have a passion for cricket. President of my local club for 20 years and played for 35 years. Junior coach and instigated the introduction of girls cricket 5 years ago. Maybe the highlight of my time in the sport.

Also love AFL football especially the Sydney Swans.

Jonathan Thomas

Manager/Owner North East Genetics