Region hosts major dairy event

INDUSTRY CHAMPION: Former Brisbane Lions captain and dairy industry ambassador will speak at the DairySA Innovation Day event at The Barn.

MOUNT Gambier will host the annual DairySA Innovation Day next month, exposing local producers to the latest advances in the dairy industry.

Limestone Coast dairy farmer and Dairy SA Innovation Day chair Andrew Cavill said the June 9 event, held at The Barn, would focus on touchstone issues currently impacting the industry.

“The traditional landscape is changing for today’s dairy farm business, with increased pressures on boosting milk production whilst at the same time committing to sustainability for the long term,” Mr Cavill said.

DairyBio program leader and principal research scientist for Agriculture Victoria, Dr Jennie Pryce, will speak at the event and explain how farmers can achieve more fertile, productive and healthy herds by unlocking genetic gains.

Similarly, DataGene chief executive Dr Matthew Shaffer will provide insight into how Limestone Coast dairy farmers can apply specific technology to help drive genetic gains in their own herds.

Other presentations explore pasture management, cow lactation issues and colostrum management and its impact on the health and growth of dairy calves.

Dairy Australia managing director Dr David Nation will also deliver a presentation on the state of the industry.

The event will end with the popular Innovation Day Dinner with Ben James, from Aurora Dairies, as guest speaker.

AFL legend and Dairy Industry Ambassador Jonathan Brown will also speak at the event.

Around 200 dairy farmers and service providers from across the Limestone Coast are expected to attend.

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