Training future managers

The next generation of Australian dairy farm managers will be able to take their careers to the next level with the Masterclass in Dairy Farm Management.

Developed in partnership between University of Tasmania and Dairy Australia, the masterclass aims to boost the capability of Australia’s dairy sector and address a current national shortage of professional training pathways for dairy farm managers.

In its second year, the masterclass will provide practical management skills that participants can apply to their businesses from day one, including financial management, leadership and human resources, business development and farm systems.

The course is delivered online with face-to-face learning and networking opportunities also available. For those participants who are already working in the dairy industry, it offers flexible pathways of study to fit around their current roles.

Tasmanian dairy farmer Cheryl McCartie said she had seen farm size and structure change significantly since her family moved to Tasmania and saw opportunities to better manage farms and people through the masterclass.

Cheryl said the masterclass filled the gap farmers had been asking for regarding education, training and qualifications.

“The fact that it is a collaboration between Dairy Australia, the university’s Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and other farmers means that we are all on the same page,” she said.

“It is pleasing to see a qualification like this has come about and I’m excited that the University of Tasmania is offering it.

“People can acquire certificates and diplomas, but this is the next level and represents the high level of capability needed to run a dairy farm business.

“It presents an opportunity for farming businesses to offer quality training at management level.”

Understanding the broader context around global reach and systems are key components of the masterclass, along with developing best-practice management skills and understanding people, culture and workplace.

Dairy Australia’s April Browne said there were currently limited pathways for farmers to develop the required capabilities for management roles.

“The Masterclass in Dairy Farm Management is an exciting development for the industry and will ensure current and future dairy managers around the country have the knowledge and skills to maximise farm performance and lead successful teams,” she said.

“Attracting people to the industry and building skills are key commitments of the recently launched Australian Dairy Plan and we’re pleased this initiative will help to deliver on these priorities.”

The Masterclass in Dairy Farm Management is open to people across Australia working in the dairy industry — and those looking to enter it at a management level. Applications are now open.

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