Lending a helping hoof to the NSW dairy industry

The GRO Rural Dairy Registry aims to connect NSW dairy farmers with dairy providers.

GRO Rural, in collaboration with NSW DPI and Dairy NSW, has unveiled the GRO Rural Dairy Registry.

The registry is designed to connect NSW dairy farmers with dairy providers based on relevant factors such as location, service and experience.

“Dairy farmers have often spoken of the difficulty of finding local service providers to support their businesses,” Dairy NSW regional manager Paul Van Wel said.

“The GRO Rural Dairy Registry aims to make that process easier for the industry to connect to the right support.”

Not only is finding the right person an issue for dairy farmers, professionals in dairy have often remained isolated, relying solely on word of mouth.

The GRO Rural Dairy Registry addresses this challenge by providing a centralised hub featuring convenient and regularly updated contact information for NSW dairy businesses and support services.

This registry allows smaller businesses or contractors the same visibility as the large corporations.

Dairy professionals — including veterinarians, nutritionists, consultants, agronomists and more — can showcase their expertise, availability and location on the GRO Rural website for dairy-related organisations to easily connect with.

The Storm and Flood Industry Recovery Program (SFIRP) identified that NSW dairy farmers and stakeholders required a more connected network, with easy access to dairy-specific service providers.

“We envision the GRO Rural Dairy Registry as a ‘meeting ground’ or a community hub for the NSW dairy industry,” GRO Rural director and founder Dimity Smith said.

“In an industry where connection and networking are paramount, this platform will introduce professionals in dairy and foster collaboration and growth for the industry.

“This platform connects dairy businesses with available support services, to build stronger industry networks and develop partnerships to help dairy businesses succeed.”

NSW DPI dairy manager Ken Garner said in NSW, the dairy industry thrives on collaboration and strong personal connections.

“The SFIRP highlighted the need to facilitate that collaboration across the dairy service sector to enable service providers to connect with dairy farmers in a more efficient and targeted way,” Mr Garner said.

“The dairy registry is aimed at taking collaboration to the next level by ensuring our farmers have access to the services and support required for current success and future growth.”

The registry operates on a subscription-based model for professionals who wish to be listed, while organisations within the dairy sector can access and connect with listed individuals at no cost.

To kick-start this initiative, the first 50 eligible, NSW dairy service providers will receive their first year’s subscription free, courtesy of the NSW Government’s Storm and Flood Industry Recovery Program in collaboration with NSW DPI Dairy and Dairy NSW.

To confirm eligibility for discount and receive your code, contact: jess@grorural.com.au

To sign up for the registry, go to: https://www.grorural.com.au