Murray Dairy Young Dairy Network

eNews Edition 1


Welcome to the first edition of Murray Dairy's Young Dairy Network eNewsletter. The aim of this newsletter is to provide young farmers, employees and service providers in the Murray Dairy region with relevant and interesting news, information, programs and tools to help your progression in the dairy industry.

YDN End of Year Celebration - The Mill, Echuca

On Friday 11 December in Echuca about 100 Young Dairy Network members gather at the annual End of Year Celebration. This event targets people from across the entire region, spanning from the far North West right through to the Alpine Valleys.

The evening was a social event aimed at getting like-minded people together from the dairy industry to celebrate the end of the year.

Entertainment for the evening included guest speaker and local Rochester dairy farmer, Tom Acocks speak to the group about his pathway and experience in the dairy industry and his vision for dairying in northern Victoria and southern New South Wales.

After a bite to eat and a few drinks, well renowned Australian stand up comedian, Lawrence Mooney took to the stage to shock the audience into laughter with stories.

The event attracted engaging & motivated young people from across the industry and Murray Dairy looks forward to having these same people involved in future events and workshops throughout 2016.

Thanks to everyone who came and helped make it such an enjoyable evening!

Australian Dairy Conference - 4 Young Farmers Sponsored to Attended

The Australian Dairy Conference, Dairy Australia and Murray Dairy were able to give four young farmers from the Murray Dairy region the opportunity to attend the Australian Dairy Conference that was held in Shepparton on the 16, 17 & 18 February 2016. The conference hosted over 350 people from all around Australia and had a very exciting program that prompted the audience to . A recap of all the ADC sessions will be uploaded on their Facebook page, so watch their page for updates.

Barefoot Bowls

Murray Dairy YDN is hosting four Barefoot Bowls events around the region. These events are purely social and an opportunity to get together off-farm with like-minded people within the industry. Come along for a drink and a BBQ before the weather gets cold.

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Emerging Dairy Leaders Program - Do you want to be a future leader in the dairy industry?

The Emerging Dairy Leaders Program is the Australian dairy industry’s tier one leadership program. The 12 month national program will run for the first time this year.

The program is conducted in four residential blocks with online and self-paced learning in between, exploring themes of 'understanding self and others', 'community and industry ' and 'the world'.

Participants will visit three dairying regions and meet leaders of all types while earning a Diploma of Agribusiness Management from the National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE/TAFESA).

This program provides a great opportunity to:

- develop key leadership skills

- learn to better understand yourself

- improve your presentation and communication skills

- be mentored by experienced leaders

- meet like-minded people and network with industry representatives

- develop your teamwork skills

- learn strategic analysis and planning and apply them to real issues

- develop your skills that enhance the value you can bring to your family, your employment and your community

Applications close Monday 28 March 2016 so don't miss this incredible opportunity and apply now!

Are you looking for a job on a dairy farm?

The Employment Made Easy (eMe) website, created by Dairy Australia specifically for the dairy industry, provides a free job matching service for dairy farm employers and job seekers. eMe makes it simple for farmers to find, recruit and retain the right people for their farm. Visit the link below to search for jobs in the area or post an advertisement stating you are looking for work and let employers come to you.

Dairy Fertility Investigator

The Dairy Fertility Investigator is a new graduate veterinarian who unexpectedly found herself working as a Dairy Extension Officer for the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). She started this blog to help farmers keep on top of new developments in dairy fertility, and to find out what other farmers are doing to improve their herd reproductive performance.

See video below that goes with the latest blog post 'The Great Calf Rearing Experiment Update' that analyses feeding calves fortified milk. The short video tracks the progress of calves over time.

Calf rearing experiment

Gardiner Farm Business Management Program Scholarships - Now Open!

Look Over the Farm Gate

As farmers in the Murray Dairy region are continuing through tough seasonal conditions, it is important to ensure our farmers and the communities they support look after themselves and "look over the farm gate" to look out for their neighbors. The VFF are working with Murray Dairy to roll out a series of community based training and activities to assist them during this challenging time.

If you would like some helpful resources or to see a community event run in your town, please register your interest with Sarah at Murray Dairy.

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Are you interested in share farming or leasing?

Dairy Australia's Stepping Up/Stepping Back workshops are aimed at younger dairy farmers who are contemplating increasing their involvement in the industry and mature age farmers looking to step back in their business. These one day workshops facilitated by local dairy farm consultants explore share farming and leasing options and how they could work for you. Come along to get all your share farming and leasing enquiries answered. Workshops will be run around the region throughout March and April. Email Sarah from Murray Dairy on to express your interest in future workshops.

Are you Legendairy?

Legendairy has farm gate signs available. Help spread the word about our awesome industry by getting your own sign to display at your farm. Contact Sarah at Murray Dairy on to order yours today!

Did you know?

Australian dairy is a $13 billion farm, manufacturing and export industry. Now that is Legendairy!