Clearing a path for young farmers

By Dairy News

YOUNG PEOPLE looking for pathways in the dairy industry have heard about farm employment from an employee’s perspective.

WestVic Dairy regional manager Lindsay Ferguson said the workshop at the Simpson Football Netball Club in April was a great opportunity to hear about opportunities within the industry.

“There are many young people wanting to enter the industry, but don’t know where to start,” Mr Ferguson said.

“This evening was a good opportunity to hear from other people who are in the industry and hear about what support services are available.”

Over a relaxed dinner, the Great South West Dairy Awards 2017 Employee of the Year Jorge Massa and farm consultant John Mulvany discussed pathways into the industry, how to progress and the industry support available.

Mr Massa’s passion for, and dedication to, dairy farming impressed the Great South West Dairy Awards judges.

He grew up on a dairy farm in Columbia and, after completing his degree in veterinary science, moved to Australia with his family. Always looking for opportunities to return to dairy farming, he has been working on a dairy farm in Cooriemungle for the past three years, following employment in factory work and public service.

Mr Mulvany is a Gippsland-based farm consultant with extensive experience in feedbase and farm employment. He works with local farmers, as well as with Regional Development Programs such as WestVic Dairy, to improve farm profitability,

The day was part of a series of workshops showcasing the winners of the 2017 Great South West Dairy Awards. The dairy awards are a staple event in the regional calendar and aim to celebrate the industry and the people that drive it.

The April workshop was organised by the WestVic Dairy Young Dairy Network, which endeavours to enable and develop the next generation of dairy leaders and ensure the viability of the region by providing young farmers with support and opportunities.

This event was sponsored by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the 2017 Employee of the Year Award was sponsored by Murray Goulburn.