A restructured management approach that has put more onus on staff is paying dividends for farm managers Isaac and Michelle Johnstone.
The grant will give two young farmers the opportunity to travel to the conference to learn about the latest developments in the dairy industry from world leading researchers and professionals.
They will also meet and network with farmers from around Australia.
WestVic Dairy and the WestVic Dairy Young Dairy Network will cover conference registration, travel and accommodation.
Heywood dairy farmer Maddie Campbell attended the conference last year and said it was a great experience.
“The Australian Dairy Conference is a great opportunity, especially for young people, to broaden their experiences”, she said.
“Last year I made important connections with people from all over Australia and the world.”
The Australian Dairy Conference was initiated 15 years ago by a group of farmers, scientists and industry representatives.
The aim of the annual event is to inspire the dairy industry, promote pride in its achievements and generate optimism in the industry’s future.
WestVic Dairy’s regional manager Lindsay Ferguson said WestVic Dairy was always looking for ways to engage and support young people in the dairy industry.
“It is important to support young people who want to be involved in the dairy industry and by providing financial support to attend the Australian Dairy Conference we hope to do just that” he said.
Applicants will need to be aged between 18 and 35, be available to travel to and attend the conference, be a farmer or farm employee (able to provide dairy licence number) and be available to give a presentation about the conference upon returning. Preference will be given to farmers in the West Vic region, but other opportunities may be available. Contact your local Regional Development Program.