Young dairy farmers set their sights across the ditch

VICTORIA’s next generation of dairy leaders will travel across the ditch next week to get a taste of the New Zealand dairy industry.

The United Dairyfarmers of Victoria, the dairy group of the VFF, together with the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia (NCDEA), conducted a rigorous screening program to select candidates for the Gardiner Foundation funded UDV Study Tour 2014.

The study tour will depart this Sunday for an eight day trip, visiting dairy farms, research and processing facilities and agricultural sites.

“The crew of six were selected due to their high calibre of skill, determination and willingness to progress in the Victorian dairy industry,” UDV president Kerry Callow said.

“This year we have a bunch of energetic and passionate young go-getters, who are actively involved in the dairy industry both on and off farm throughout the state.

“New Zealand leads the world when it comes to dairy, accounting for over a third of the world’s international dairy trade. This is a perfect opportunity for young people in the industry to see how they do it,” Ms Callow said.

New Zealand products feed more than 100 million people worldwide, and the dairy industry contributes 25 per cent of New Zealand’s merchandise export earnings.

“All participants see sustainability as a key issue affecting the future of the dairy industry. Whether it be addressing succession planning, youth shortages or ensuring better milk prices and animal welfare – all have a sustainability approach.

“It is an incredible opportunity for our next generation to get a taste of how the New Zealand industry goes about their business,” Ms Callow said.

This year, the UDV have established a blog and a Facebook page to document the participants’ journey.

“It’s all about engagement. Each and every participant on this tour has a unique story and study objective. Social media allows them and us to document the tour and we wish them well,” Ms Callow said.

The group include:

  • Katherine Snell – Veterinarian (Maffra)
  • William Ryan – On farm and student (Flemington/Dumbalk)
  • Chris Potts – Fonterra Area Manager (Darnum)
  • Thomas Lindsay  –  On farm and student (Picola)
  • Kallan Young – On farm and student (Longerenong/Inverloch)
  • Bradley Missen – Farm manager (Denison)

Media contacts:

Kerry Callow, UDV President                              0428 131 703

Tom Whitty, VFF Media Manager                       0417 165 784 

Media Release here

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