Peter Havrlant

Research interests

  • Intensive dairy design and management systems
  • Navigating infrastructure developments through approval processes, project management, commissioning and beyond
  • Calf management and dairy beef production
  • Industry and market intelligence and insights


Over 15 years of professional experience working in the dairy, beef feedlot, grains and agri-business sectors. Operational roles included Mill Supervisor in 35,000 head feedlot and Regional Trading Manager for grain Southern NSW.

My main responsibilities have always been to understand and analyse current on-farm and industry situations. My role is primarily developing, delivering and monitoring ways of transferring relevant knowledge to the wider industry that will result in effective adoption.

Based in Wagga Wagga, NSW, I work with producers and RD&E stakeholders across the Murray region, Inland and South Coast NSW to develop products and develop that will enhance the profitability and sustainability of the Australian dairy industry.


  • B. Agricultural Science: Animal Production, University of Sydney, Australia (2004)
  • Cert. IV Assessment & Workplace Training, Griffith Adult Learning Association Inc. (2006)
  • Cert. IV Business (Frontline Management), Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE (2009)

Current projects

  • Australian AMS Financial Analysis Project
  • Dairy Farm Monitor Project

Recent publications

Peered reviewed scientific journals

Abuelo, H., Havrlant, P., Wood, N. and Hernández-Jover, M. (2019). An investigation of dairy calf management practices, colostrum quality, failure of transfer of passive immunity, and occurrence of enteropathogens among Australian dairy farms. J. Dairy Sci. 102

Peer reviewed reports

Chaplin, S., Havrlant, P., McNeil, J and Perovic, J. (2017).USA dairy beef pathways Report Dairy Australia Website

Fields of research

  • 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling
  • 070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness
  • 070107 Farming Systems Research
  • 070202 Animal Growth and Development
  • 070203 Animal Management
  • 070204 Animal Nutrition
  • 070207 Humane Animal Treatment
  • 070399 Crop and Pasture Production not elsewhere classified

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Animal production
  • Dairy production
  • Cow behaviour
  • Farm management
  • Decisions

Contact details

Email: peter.havrlant@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Location: Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute