Back in the conference room

The Dairy Research Foundation Symposium will be held on July 19 and 20 on the NSW mid-north coast.

This year’s Dairy Research Foundation Symposium returns to a face-to-face format, combining a series of guest speakers on day one with on-farm sessions on day two.

It will be held on July 19 and 20 on the NSW mid-north coast, at Club Forster in Forster and visiting Manning Valley Dairy at Taree.

With the theme of ‘Unlocking the Potential’, the program tackles issues such as ways to reduce income volatility, thriving after adversity, what young employees want and results from the first year of Dairy UP research projects.

A variety of panel discussions will bring perspectives from farmers, leading researchers, advisers and the industry’s next generation.

Day one

Tuesday, July 19, from 10am to 4pm, at Club Forster.

Opening session with Jane Sherborne, Dairy Research Foundation president; Niall Blair, Dairy UP Board chair; and Prof Yani Garcia, DRF director and Dairy UP lead.

Session one: Lifting dairy productivity and profitability through farm intensification.

Hear the pros, cons, dollars and sense of this hot topic. Guest farmers include Colin Thompson (Cowra) and Simon Scowen (Taree), along with Ian Lean (Scibus), Karen Romano (Dairy Australia) and Sheena Carter (NSW DPI).

Session two: Managing people and climatic adversity to de-risk dairying.

A panel of young agriculture graduates share what motivated them to choose a dairy career, elements of the job and conditions they value and what would tempt them to move on.

Find out how some dairy farmers manage to not only overcome extreme climate events, but also grow in the process. Hear from dairy consultant Neil Moss (Scibus) with dairy farmers Trevor Middlebrook (Taree) and Sam Nicholson (Taree).

Session three: Better milk and dairy beef markets coping with price volatility.

A new range of market options such as future markets and supply chain agreements, commonly used in other industries, are now becoming available for dairy and beef products. Cameron Renshaw (Calflink), Tim Jude (StoneX) and Scott Briggs (AMPI) explain what is in it for Australian dairy farmers.

The symposium dinner will be held from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

Day two

Wednesday, July 20, from 9am to 1pm, at Manning Valley Dairy.

Station one: Dairy UP’s project ‘Remote management of grazing and feeding’.

Station two: Manning Valley Dairy’s dairy beef/Wagyu system.

Station three: Manning Valley Dairy’s intensification planning.

Emerging scientists competition.

For more information or to register, go to or phone Kirsty Jaensch on (02) 4601 8823 or email: