Dairy Research Foundation 2022 Symposium - Unlocking Potential

Dairy Research Foundation 2022 Symposium - Unlocking Potential

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A$140 – A$580

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Club Forster

19 Strand Street

Forster, NSW 2428


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We invite you to attend the Dairy Research Foundation 2022 Symposium in Forster, NSW on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 November.

About this event

This year the DRF Symposium, "Unlocking Potential", will be held in Forster, NSW over two days providing the opportunity to hear the latest from Dairy UP and hot industry topics from a range of industry professionals, researchers and emerging scientists.

Day 1: Tuesday 15 November 2022 – Club Forster, Forster NSW

Day 2: Wednesday 16 November 2022 – Field Day – Manning Valley Dairy, Taree NSW

See the program HERE: https://bit.ly/3xTIJhN

"Unlocking Potential"

Day 1 – Tuesday 15 November - 10am to 4:30pm - Club Forster

Opening session with Jane Sherborne – DRF President, The Honourable Niall Blair – Chair Dairy UP Board; and Prof Yani Garcia, DRF Director and Dairy UP Lead.

Session 1: Lifting dairy productivity and profitability through farm intensification.

We bring together Dairy UP researchers and farmers who have chosen the path of intensive systems. Hear the pros, cons, dollars and sense of this hot topic. Guest farmers include: Colin Thompson, Cowra and Simon Scowen, Taree, along with Ian Lean (Scibus), Karen Romano (Dairy Australia) and Sheena Carter (NSW DPI).   

Session 2: Managing people and climatic adversity to de-risk dairying.

Here we tackle two of the biggest risks the dairy industry is facing into the future: skilled farm labour and climatic adversity. We hear from a panel of young ag graduates about what motivated them to choose a dairy career, elements of the job and conditions they value and what would tempt them to move on.

We find out how some dairy farmers manage to, not only overcome extreme climate events, but also grow in the process. Dairy consultant Neil Moss (Scibus) facilitates a discussion with dairy farmers Trevor Middlebrook (Taree) and Sam Nicholson (Taree). 

Session 3: Better milk and dairy beef markets coping with price volatility: can farmers change from price ‘takers’ to price ‘makers’ for dairy and beef products..?

Dairy and beef farmers are largely price takers. As such, there is little they can do to change that reality - or is there? A new range of market options such as future markets and supply-chain agreements, commonly used in other industries, are now becoming available for dairy and beef products. We bring experts in these areas like Cameron Renshaw (Calflink) and Tim Jude (StoneX) to explain to us what can be done and what is in it for Australian dairy farmers.

Symposium Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm - Club Forster

Enjoy dinner and drinks while mingling with the area's dairy farmers and industry leaders. Smart Casual Theme - with a touch of black and white.

Ticket includes - three course meal, beer and wine. Please include your dietary requirements in the ticket purchase.

Day 2 – Wednesday 16 November

8.30am to 1.30pm at Manning Valley Dairy, Wingham

Come along for a field trip with lovely food at Manning Valley Dairy to hear from emerging scientists and farmers across 3 stations. A bus will be leaving from Club Forster at 7.30am. You may wish to drive your car to the farm, however, access may be impacted if there has been a lot of rain. The bus will leave from Manning Valley Dairy at 1.30pm to return to Club Forster at 2.30pm.

Station 1:

Station 1: Dairy UP’s P1 – Remote management of grazing and feeding

Station 2:

Station 2: Exploring the MVD’s dairy beef/Wagyu system

Station 3:

Station 3: Manning Valley Dairy: intensification planning

Morning tea and lunch to also be provided as part of the field trip to Manning Valley Dairy.

Accommodation recommendations

Whilst staying in Forster, we have several recommendations for accommodation:

- The Dorsal Boutique Hotel

- Forster Holiday Apartment

- Astina Suites

There are also a lot of individual apartments on Booking.com and on AirBnB, so we recommend you look into these also.

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