More than 120 dairy farmers and service providers opened their minds to the possibilities of change in the dairy industry at yesterday’s DairySA Central Conference in Hahndorf.
DairySA chair Michael Connor opened the conference with an overview of the different roles of organisations for the state’s dairy industry while Dairy Australia managing director Ian Halliday talked about the national and global challenges facing Australian dairy.
Availer technology leader Jacob Thomas, Achieve Ag technology leader Nathan Scott and DataGene Genetics evaulation manager Michelle Axford talked about the possibilities of technological advancements and how to accept technology.
Business author Mandy Johnson spoke about why dairy farmers need to implement people practices for success with gaining and retaining good employees while farm family facilitator Judy Wilkinson discussed effective communication with family, staff and extended networks.
Debenham Australian consulting nutritionist Laura Tweddle was the final guest speak of the conference and explained the advantages of TMR and PMR feeding systems and discussed the methods that would help maximise productivity and fertility through rumen fill management.
Guests were later treated to a dinner where the semi-finalists for the DairySA Next Gen Challenge were announced.