Tour inspires young farmers

By Dairy News

THE WESTVIC Dairy Young Dairy Network sponsored two young western Victorian dairy farmers to attend the Don Campbell Memorial Study Tour in Tasmania last month.

Curdievale’s Sarah Troisi and Cooriemungle’s Jorge Massa joined the annual tour to northern Tasmania from March 12 to 16.

Ms Troisi, who worked on a dairy farm on King Island before joining a dairy farm in Curdievale, said she wanted to go on the tour to see different types of dairies and systems.

The Don Campbell Memorial Tour is a five-day tour of the northern Tasmanian dairy industry by a group of 10 to 14 young farmers.

The late Don Campbell was a dairy farmer from Yannathan in Gippsland and the first chair of the GippsDairy board. He was passionate about the development of young people within the dairy industry.

In 1998, GippsDairy organised a study tour of the Tasmanian dairy industry and soon after, Mr Campbell was killed in a vehicle accident. GippsDairy renamed the tour the Don Campbell Memorial Tour to honour Mr Campbell and the lasting contribution he made to the dairy industry.

This tour is about giving young dairy farmers the opportunity to tour the northern dairy belt of Tasmania and to help them develop on a professional and personal level. With Mr Campbell’s inspiration, GippsDairy has continued to develop and offer the tour to young farmers on an annual basis.

This year’s tour included a visit to Jason Chilcott’s robotic dairy in Meander and to Ringarooma, the current Legendairy Capital of Australia.

Ms Troisi said it was great to be able to see the different styles of dairies and how people optimised their farms.

“I learned a lot by networking with other farmers and picking their brains about processes and procedures that can be adapted to the farm I am working on,” she said.

“Seeing how other farmers do things is very helpful and I’m very grateful that the WestVic Dairy YDN enabled me to go on this trip.”