Australia’s dairy industry is set to tackle some of the biggest issues facing the sector head-on at the Australian Dairy Conference in Canberra next February 19-21.
Among the agenda topics are leadership, antibiotic use, bobby calves, genetics and dairy diet wars, which are expected to bring contentious debate as the nation’s dairy industry equips itself to tackle issues trending into the future.
Experts from across the globe have been garnered for their independent perspective to shine light on where the Australian industry is placed, how well it is positioned for the future and to impart key learning’s from global best practice.
ADC 2019 programming chair Susan Wearden said the program line-up is specifically tailored for the issues having most impact on the dairy industry now and into the future.
“With growing consumer trends across the world and geared opinions towards milk based products within the marketplace, we have identified that as an industry we need to be bold and brilliant to overcome obstacles and promote ourselves,” she said.
“Strong leadership is critical to this endeavour and hence ADC 2019 kicks off with prominent leader perspectives before knuckling down into societal trends, on-farm applications and broader industry impacts.
“As an industry rather than shy away from these issues we are going to explore, debate and discuss so that the best outcome can be achieved moving forward.
“The focus of this year’s program is to really challenge thinking about what we do on and off the farm, why we do it, question whether we can we do it better, and explore what impacts do my actions have on the broader industry.”
Among the guest speakers are former Defence Minister Brendan Nelson, political scientist and commentator Peter van Onselen and Dairy Australia managing director Dave Nation, who will speak on leadership; Nuffield scholar Sarah Bolton, who will join the conversation about antibiotic and bobby calves best practice; International Dairy Federation president Dairy UK CEO Judith Bryans about the value of communicating with consumers and more.
More information regarding ADC Canberra 2019 is available at australiandairyconference.com.au
Registrations for ADC Canberra 2019 open November 12. Early bird rates are available for farmer delegates until December 14.