Dairy business forum attracts strong numbers


Around 170 of the regions dairy farmers took an opportunity to attend Murray Dairy’s Business Forum which was held in Echuca in December.


With the theme – Investing in Your Future- Science, Systems and Sustainability, farmers were updated on the latest industry issues including the Murray Darling Basin Plan, Carbon Farming and Investment strategies for the Murray Dairy region.


The Dairy Australia Board and Executive Leadership team were on hand to discuss the current position of the Australian and International dairy markets, while integrating feed systems, the latest irrigation and plant research and OH&S Risk Management were also on the agenda.


Focus Farm Project families Rebecca and Andrew Phillips, along with Leigh Verhay and Angela Turner and facilitator Daryl Poole spoke about the benefits this initiative has provided to their businesses.


The night culminated in a celebratory dinner and entertainment by political satirist Bryan Dawe while 61 students were recognised for their hard work and received certificates and diplomas from the National Centre for Dairy Education.


Lockington dairy farmer Louise Murray said the quality of information presented at the forum was brilliant.


“The forum has given us confidence for the future. There is a lot of negative news around but today has shown me we have the people and resources to do it,” Mrs Murray said.


“Hosting the day at Echuca has also been very handy for us.”


Murray Dairy Chief Executive Officer Sarah Parker said the Murray Dairy team had worked very hard to put together a day that provided the latest industry information.


“The forum has gone off very well and we have received some very positive feedback,” Ms Parker said.


“We have covered issues that are of particular interest to our area and hopefully we have been able to provide answers to many of the farmer’s questions.


“The meal and entertainment topped the day off well and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.


“The forum was a great opportunity for farmers to take some time out from their busy schedules and hopefully there were many things they could take home from the day, which will help their business in the future.”


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