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Young Dairy Network organises Dairy tours

Two dairy tours have been organisedby the Murray Dairy Young Dairy Network for May.

February 21, 2013 4:04am

The Murray Dairy Young Dairy Network has two tours planned for May, which will have a focus on research, technology and innovation within the dairy industry.

After collaboration with young dairy farmers and service providers across northern Victoria, it became clear that research, technology and innovation were key areas of interest, and that having the chance to get off-farm and network with dairy farmers and industry people in other regions was a high priority, Murray Dairy operations manager Sarah Parker said.

The first tour will run from Tuesday, April 30 to Thursday May 2 and will be based in north-west Tasmania.

‘‘Here the group will have an exclusive opportunity to tour the family owned and operated boutique dairy and manufacturing plant Red Cow Dairies, they will also see first-hand, an automatic milking system operating on a pasture-based dairy farm,’’ Ms Parker said.

A visit to the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture is planned and the group will visit the AgFest Field Days in Launceston.

Other activities will be confirmed closer to departure date.

The second tour will run from Tuesday, May 28 to Thursday, May 30. This tour will be based in Victoria, mainly in the south-eastern part of the state.

Proposed visits include the Ellinbank Research Institute, where some exciting supplementary feeding trials are taking place, as well as extensive research into methane emissions, soils and nutrient management.

Ms Parker said a visit to the Macalister Demonstration Farm would be a fantastic opportunity, as well as a look at the pasture seed trials at Notmans Pasture Seeds in South Gippsland.

The tour will finish with a visit to the Dairy Futures CRC at the newly refurbished, state-of-the-art, CRC AgriBiosciences Centre at Bundoora.

‘‘The information presented during both of these tours will align closely with specific units of study that contribute to NCDEA dairy qualifications, and will therefore give participants a terrific opportunity to make a contribution towards these if they desire to do so,’’ Ms Parker said.

The tours have been organised with the support of NCDEA, the NSW Murray Catchment Management Authority and the UDV West Goulburn Branch, which have assisted in keeping costs to a minimum for participants.

Both tours are only three days long and numbers are limited.

For further information or to book a place on the tours, phone the Murray Dairy office on 58335312 or email admin@murraydairy.com.au

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