2014 SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM
GROWING OUR INDUSTRY THROUGH SCIENCE AND INNOVATION
THURSDAY JUNE 19 – DAIRY RESEARCH FOUNDATION SYMPOSIUM DAY 1
SESSION 1 – FARMING FUTURES
The Synlait story and its secrets to sustainable growth: Synlait is soon to be NZ’s biggest single-site dairy factory and can genuinely claim sustainable growth got it to that position. The company has been operating as a processor for five years and has a milk supply growth rate of 35% per year from 160 suppliers.
Dr John Penno, Managing Director, Synlait
Business resilience – and what it takes to grow: Gippsland dairy consultant John Mulvany has a passion for helping dairy farmers develop business resilience and his work exposes him to a wide range of business stories.
John Mulvany, OnFarm Consulting, VIC
SESSION 2 GROWTH THROUGH BETTER BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY
Taking a hard look at ourselves: The NSW Dairy Farm Monitor Project has provided the dairy industry with reliable, independent data on the profitability and productivity of 28 diverse NSW farms.
Kerry Kempton, Technical SpecialistDairy, NSW DPI
Our technological future: Drawing on what is now a solid understanding of the key profit drivers, there is opportunity abound to apply technology to further enhance those margins.
Dr Cameron Clark, FutureDairy, University of Sydney
Sexed semen – the non commercial view: The push for sexed semen is providing new options for herd management both in terms of animal welfare and because the cost benefit of producing a crop of heifer calves is increasing.
Prof Mike Holland, University of Queensland
Taking technology to new heights: Mark Billing and his wife Sam milk 450 cows on 265 hectares at Larpent, west of Colac. Mark will talk technology and share with us his greatest gains made from adopting technology.
Mark Billing, Larpent, VIC
Loving Technology: Mark Neal is a technology loving dairy farmer! His clever automated gates won the innovators award at the 2013 Dairy Innovators’ conference on the Sunshine Coast and are but a small example of his approach to using technology to make farming easier.
Mark Neal, Oxley Island, NSW
SESSION 3 GROWING OUR INDUSTRY THROUGH AUTOMATED MILKING SYSTEMS
Putting automation in context: Future Dairy 3 Project leader Kendra Kerrisk has overseen the uptake of robotic milking in Australia and will talk about the experience.
Assoc. Prof. Kendra Kerrisk, FutureDairy Project Leader
Has Australia’s first rotary AMS hit pay dirt? Nick Dornauf is the darling of the robotic dairying world having made his farm an open book for researchers and farmers interested in making the transition to robotic milking.
Nick Dornauf, Deloraine, TAS
Using robots as a pathway to successful business succession: Robots have been used as the key to growth and succession planning for this 5th generation dairy farming family.
Marcus Crowden, Caveside, TAS
AMS, large herds and tourists: Meanwhile, across the ditch a fabulous father/daughter combination that is using technology to convert a business whilst promoting dairy
Frances Beeston, Camelot Dairy, Mayfield, NZ
The sustainability and business test: We invite the business resilience and growth guru back to the stage to question these three technology advocates along with their mentor Kendra Kerrisk.
John Mulvany and friends
SESSION 4 THE MARKETING SCIENCE OF GROWTH
Marketing milk without the supermodel syndrome: Former Dubbo NSW resident turned marketing guru hit headlines when he told the Australian Farm Institute that Australia had supermodel syndrome and just expected attention! Its time to knuckle down and really market brand Australian Agriculture he says.
Craig Davis, Brand Karma, Sydney
The Dairy Research Foundation Symposium Dinner, sponsored by Dairy Australia
FRIDAY JUNE 20 - ON TOUR / EMERGING SCIENTIST PROGRAM
Welcome from the Redgrove family: John and Allison Redgrove farm with their son Daniel and his wife Sarah on arguably some of the best dairy farming country in Australia, the Hunter River alluvial flats.
John & Allison Redgrove, Singleton,NSW
The Future of Rural Education: Cameron Archer is a visionary who has devoted his life to agricultural education and training, and has influenced how students learn from primary school to university.
Dr Cameron Archer, Principal of Tocal Agricultural College
The Rowenvale Dairy Farm tour, incorporating the Emerging Dairy Scientists’ Program:
Feeding Systems: Dairy consultant Neil Moss facilitates this platform and talks us through the feeding system at Rowenvale with our host John Redgrove, with a particular focus on the integration of the corn crop.
Dairy Health: The Redgrove family’s vet, Dr Stewart Scott from Muswellbrook facilitates this session and introduces Sarah Redgrove who heads up the family business’s calf rearing program.
A focus on reproduction: Future Dairy’s Kendra Kerrisk facilitates this platform that kicks off with Daniel Redgrove talking about how the integration of Moo Monitors have brought about a quantum leap in farm efficiency.
Announcement of the Emerging Scientist for 2014 and close