Raising the roof to make better dairy infrastructure

The Raising the Roof conference will be held in NSW in late February.

Some of the world’s leading experts in the design and management of dairy feeding and housing infrastructure will feature at Dairy Australia’s ‘Raising the Roof’ event in February.

The conference is co-hosted by Agriculture Victoria and will run from Tuesday, February 27 to Thursday, February 29 in the Hunter Valley, NSW.

‘Raising the Roof’ is the only dairy industry event dedicated to intensive farm systems and is designed to help farmers learn best practices from international and local experts.

Four global industry experts will speak at the event.

Dairy Australia’s National Feeding and Farm Systems lead Karen Romano said the guest speakers were a “stellar line-up”.

“Dairy Australia recognises the importance of helping our farmers make informed decisions before investing in feedpad and contained housing infrastructure,” Ms Romano said.

“These can often be multi-million-dollar investments.

“Having the opportunity to draw on the expertise of a panel of international experts who have an intimate understanding of how this sort of infrastructure has been successfully built and managed in Europe and America is a unique opportunity.”

Ms Romano said the expertise could help Australian farmers avoid making costly mistakes.

Michael Heinrich from Europe-based GEA Farm Technologies will discuss designing automatic milking systems in contained housing.

Alain Houle from the US-based Valmetal Group will talk on emission reduction and renewable energy solutions.

Dr Mike Wolf and Karl Burgi from the US will discuss housing systems which are animal centred.

The international speakers will add to local experts, including Professor Ian Lean from Scibus, Dr Steve Little from Capacity Ag Consulting and AgVic’s Scott McDonald.

Attendees will also hear from Australian dairy farmers who have already transformed their farm systems and attend virtual and in-person farm visits.

The event runs from February 27 to 28 at Rydges Resort Hunter Valley, Lovedale, NSW.

Bookings can be made at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/raising-the-roof-2024-tickets-762077232517