TRICKS to identify new opportunities will form a major focus in the upcoming DairySA Central Conference to be held next month at Tailem Bend.
More than 120 dairyfarmers and service providers from across SA’s Fleurieu, Barossa Mid-North, and River & Lakes are expected to attend event, which has the theme of ‘Diverse Dairy: Driving Opportunities’, designed to challenge delegates to identify opportunities to help them grow or improve current practices on farm.
DairySA central conference coordinator Beck Burgess said the conference program was designed to provide insight into the latest advancements in animal, energy and people management areas, drawing on the expertise from a diverse range of speakers.
United States-based keynote speaker Robert James has years of experience and research in calf rearing and advocates that no matter what size or system of a dairy farm, the best cows come from raising better calves.
His hands-on approach to calf-rearing will challenge delegates to identify their current and potential calf-rearing practices, while detailing top calf rearing tips to reach the full milking potential of a herd – by getting it right from the start.
“We are thrilled Dr James has agreed to be our keynote speaker, as many of our farmers were keen to hear his thoughts and research on the impact that calf rearing practices have on the lifetime production and performance of the cow,” Ms Burgess said.
There will also be a focus on positive workplaces and meeting employee expectations, with Global Leadership Foundation co-founder Gayle Hardie.
Four concurrent sessions will look at the new opportunities around irrigation management, energy options, and the latest projects being undertaken from the National Centre for Dairy Research and Development at Ellinbank.
Other speakers include inspiration farmer, pilot and author Sam Bailey and Kyabram, Vic, dairyfarmer Locky Hemphill on his expansion.
“The traditional landscape is changing for today’s dairy farm business and our carefully chosen speakers will provide an insight into some of the challenges facing dairy farms today – which are increasingly diverse in terms of herd size, milk production and systems,” Ms Burgess said.
“This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the latest advancements and hear from a range of high calibre speakers from all facets of our industry.”
The DairySA Central Conference will be held on Thursday, March 14, 9.30am at ‘The Bend Motorsport Park’, Tailem Bend.
For more information contact DairySA’s Beck Burgess on 0438 262 966.
- Details: Registrations are available through Eventbrite at dairysaconference2019.eventbrite.com.au