Celebrating the regions best

By Dairy News

AS I look out the window the sun is beaming through and, while it is not warm by any measure, it has a way of making you feel that bit brighter about the day ahead.

The Great South West Dairy Awards Gala Night was held in mid-July and it was a wonderful, positive night of celebration. It was terrific to see so many people celebrating their dairy careers.

My highlight is seeing young people succeeding and doing what they clearly love and then being rewarded for their hard work. A very big ‘congrats’ from the board and team at WestVic Dairy to all the finalists and awards category winners.

On September 12, we will once again hold our Innovation Day, which promises to be a great showcase of the innovative thinking in the agriculture industry. This year, we are collaborating with the Great South Coast Food and Fibre Council and broadening the day to incorporate more general agriculture, technology and innovation.

During the past few months, WorkSafe officers have been out and about — so it’s a good time to ensure everyone is wearing a motorbike helmet and you have rollover protection devices on your quad bikes.

Our workforce planning officer Michelle Muir can assist with any farm safety queries you have. Furthermore, Dairy Australia has developed a Farm Safety Starter Kit that covers all the obligations and procedures that will help make your farm safer. WestVic Dairy will be running sessions on farm safety that will help you get your head around the different aspects and what you need to do to make sure you are compliant.

I must say I’m feeling a bit tired at the end of winter, between rearing 200 calves this year and juggling my other day-to-day commitments. I’m certainly looking forward to some warmer weather and I’m guessing my fellow farmers can relate to what I’m saying!

I’m always keen to ensure that you all know we at WestVic Dairy have so much on offer to assist you. If you can’t find what you need, please give the office a call and our friendly extension staff will be able to help.

I look forward to catching up with you around the region.

• Simone Renyard

WestVic Dairy chair