Workshops inspire dairy farmers

About 260 people attended WestVic Dairy’s ‘Dairy Inspire’ program at Camperdown’s Theatre Royal, with a futher 190 attending the night session at Camperdown Football Club’s rooms.

About 260 people attended WestVic Dairy’s ‘Dairy Inspire’ program at Camperdown’s Theatre Royal, with a further 190 attending the night session at Camperdown Football Club’s rooms.

WESTVIC Dairy’s “industry-first” full-day workshopping event attracted about 450 people across the day and evening sessions.

The inaugural event hosted a variety of workshops, guest speakers and tradestalls at the two sessions.

A mix of farmers and service providers flocked to Camperdown’s Theatre Royal on Wednesday from 8am, with a further 190 in attendance at the evening session at the Camperdown Football Club rooms.

WestVic Dairy worked in collaboration with the Profitable Feeding Systems steering committee and the Milk-it-4-More committee to facilitate the event.

There were six different workshops held across the day, which addressed issues from fodder quality to pasture renovation and future planning.

Emergent Futures consultant Paul Higgins, Rabobank senior dairy analyst Michael Harvey and Thinking Cows founder Mark Burgemeister were among the guest speakers during the day, while Camperdown Dairy International chief executive officer Phil MacFarlane and Camperdown Dairy Company general manager Chris Melville spoke at the night session.

There were more than 44 stalls on display, including Heytesbury Stockfeeds, Genetics Australia, Reids Stockfeeds and Murray Goulburn.

In the past, WestVic Dairy had run a number of smaller events, but this year decided to culminate them into a full-day and night event.

WestVic Dairy regional manager Paula Doran said she was buoyed by the large attendance to the sessions.

“It was great to see new faces amongst the crowd, as well as those pivotal people who helped create a positive, informative and practical mix of workshops,” she said.

Ms Doran said without the support of the various committees and local community, it would never have been possible.

“To the Profitable Feeding Systems committee, the Milk-it-4-More committee and the Dairy Inspire speaker’s committee, as well as those key industry groups and generous sponsors – a huge thankyou,

“An event on this scale does not get off the ground without the generosity and hard work of many hands.”

WestVic Dairy will do a post event evaluation and use the feedback garnered from the event, with the intention of hosting a similar event next year.

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