Press Releases

WestVic Dairy regularly utilises the local media to communicate upcoming events and important news.

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Media Release

10 November 2017

For Immediate Release

 

Men’s night out receives support from Rotary Club

 

WestVic Dairy has received a $1000 donation from the Rotary Club of Cobden to support the Blokes’ BBQ event on November 30 in Cobden.

Thanks to the money received, the event, which features AFL legend Wayne Schwass, will be free. WestVic Dairy’s Regional Manager Lindsay Ferguson said the organisers were very grateful for the support from the local Rotary Club.

“We want to thank the Rotary Club of Cobden for its generous contribution and its continuous support,” Mr Ferguson said. 

“The support of community groups such as the Rotary Clubs is very important to the industry and helps us achieve the best outcomes for our farmers.  

“We pride ourselves in having a good relationship with the Rotary Club of Cobden and we are sure that our collaborations will continue into the future.”  

Mr Towner, representing the Rotary Club of Cobden, said the group wanted to support the Blokes’ BBQ and the messages behind it.

 “We wanted to support the local farmers and providing a night off is a good way to do just that,” Mr Towner said.

 “It was important to us to make this a free event, so we decided to become a sponsor to help out.”

The Blokes’ BBQ is a community event that provides farmers with a night of entertainment and socialising.

The key speaker on the night will be AFL legend Wayne Schwass and he will be joined by Corangamite

Shire 2017 Citizen of the Year, James Green. The night celebrates the end of Movember and the efforts made by locals to raise money for the Movember Foundation.  A local barber will be on hand to shave off Mos during the night and members of local Rotary Clubs will assist with catering.  

“It promises to be a great event and we look forward to seeing plenty of farmers on the night,” Mr Towner said.  

For more information about Movember, please visit the Movember team https://au.movember.com/mospace/team/. To find out more about the Blokes’ BBQ, please contact WestVic Dairy on 5557 1000.  

Media enquiries:

Alexandra Lenehan Community Engagement Officer - WestVic Dairy

03 5557 1002 I 0422678107 I media@westvicdairy.com.au

 WestVic Dairy is a not for profit regional development program (RDP) led by western Victorian dairy farmers. WestVic Dairy is funded by Dairy Australia and the Dairy Service levy and supported by regional stakeholders

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Media Release

31st October 2017

For Immediate Release

WestVic Dairy announces new Strategic Direction

WestVic Dairy will outline its new Strategic Plan on Friday November 3 during morning and lunch time presentations held in Warrnambool and Cobden.

While the presentations will be focused on the annual results of the Dairy Farm Monitor Project, they will also provide an opportunity to hear about WestVic Dairy’s new strategic direction and the newly launched investment guide for the regional dairy industry.

WestVic Dairy’s Regional Manager Lindsay Ferguson said the presentations were split into a breakfast session for service providers in Warrnambool and a lunch session time for farmers in Cobden.

“We wanted to give farmers and service providers an equal chance to attend these presentations, so we will do both in one day at times that suit the respective audiences,” he said.

“We are very excited to present the three documents, The Dairy Farm Monitor Report, The WestVic Dairy Strategic Plan and the Regional Guide for Investors, which are each important  for advancing the regional dairy industry.”

In light of the developments within the dairy industry over the last years, the WestVic Dairy Board decided to review the Strategic Plan and develop clearer strategic priorities, which will be presented on the day.

The presentation of the Dairy Farm Monitor Project by Agriculture Victoria will focus on the regional results for 2016/2017 and how to interpret these.

There will also be a presentation of a regional investment guide, which was produced to fill a gap in current industry publications and provides an outline of the information needed when considering investing in this region.

“The region has a lot of potential for further investment and we have a number of competitive advantages” Mr Ferguson said.

“It is a busy time for farmers, but we really hope people will take the opportunity to come along and hear what is happening in the industry.”

All documents presented on the day are available online: The Dairy Farm Monitor Report can be accessed through the Dairy Australia website, the WestVic Dairy Strategic Plan and Investment Guide can be found on the WestVic Dairy website.  Alternatively, the WestVic Dairy documents are available at the WestVic Dairy office by calling 5557 1000.

Media enquiries:

Alexandra Lenehan Marketing and Communications Officer - WestVic Dairy

03 5557 1002 I 0428 367 483 I media@westvicdairy.com.au

WestVic Dairy is a not for profit regional development program (RDP) led by western Victorian dairy farmers. WestVic Dairy is funded by Dairy Australia and the Dairy Service levy and supported by regional stakeholders.

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Media Release

16th October 2017

For immediate release

TV Celebrity to inspire women in the dairy industry

WestVic Dairy will host “Australia’s most travelled woman” Cartiona Rowntree at the 2017 WestVic Dairy Ladies’ Luncheon on October 20.

The annual event will be held at the City Memorial Bowls Club and provides women in the dairy industry with a chance to relax, reflect and rejuvenate.

Ms Rowntree, who is a TV presenter for the popular travel show Getaway, will entertain the audience with anecdotes of her experiences in media and her life on the farm.

The WestVic Dairy Ladies’ Luncheon has been running successfully for over seven years and aims to inspire women in the dairy industry.

A committee of local dairy farming women is directing the organisation of the day and it has received support from a number of organisations and businesses.

WestVic Dairy’s Chair, Simone Renyard, who is also involved in the organising committee, said she expected close to 300 women to come to the event.

“It is important to acknowledge and support the women in the industry,” she said.

“Women are the backbone of many farms and we want to make sure they have a change to spend a day away from the farm for some self-care.”

Ms Rowntree will be joined on the day by local dairy farmer and AFLW star Shelley Scott, as well as local martial arts instructor Tania Rowan.

“We also want showcase the inspiring women in Western Victoria,” Mrs Renyard said.

On the day, there will be trade stalls which will showcase local products, such as Dairylicious Farm Fudge, Joella Hill Designer Travel Accessories, Glenafton Goat Milk Soap, Simply Teatime, Willaura Candle Company, Chef’s Toolbox, Berjique Jewellery, Pure Escents, and Mitch's Preserves.

The cost of the tickets is $25, which includes a complimentary drink and a two course lunch. Tickets can be purchased by calling WestVic Dairy on 5557 1000 prior to the event. There will be no ticket sales at the door.

This year’s event is sponsored by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Legendairy, Corangamite UDV, Worksafe, ACM and Nation Wide AB.

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Media enquiries:

Alexandra Lenehan Marketing and Communications Officer WestVic Dairy

03 5557 1002 I 0428 367 483 I media@westvicdairy.com.au

WestVic Dairy is a not for profit regional development program (RDP) led by western Victorian dairy farmers. WestVic Dairy is funded by Dairy Australia and the Dairy Service levy and supported by regional stakeholders

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Media Release

27th September 2017

For immediate release 

WestVic Dairy welcomes new board members

WestVic Dairy welcomed four new Directors to its Board at the AGM on Tuesday September 26 in Camperdown.

WestVic Dairy’s Chair Simone Renyard said they all brought varying skill sets, as well as plenty of enthusiasm and passion to the Board table.

“I’m sure farmers will get a chance to meet the new Directors at our many extension activities and meetings throughout the year,” she said.

Matthew Glennen, from Ecklin South, joined as a Farmer Director. He works on the family’s dairy farm Dixie Park Farm Trust, which milks approximately 500 cows on 690 acres. He completed a Bachelor of Business (Ag Management) and has been involved in numerous discussion groups across the district. Working at Warrnambool Cheese & Butter and Reid Stock Feeds has given Mr Glennen an understanding of the industry from a service provider’s, as well as farmer’s perspective.

Mr Glennen said he was hoping to bring a young perspective to the Board and to improve the engagement with young people in the industry.

“I want to help improve the projects and activities we have to offer to make sure we are delivering what farmers want,” he said.

 “I believe the future for dairy farming is bright and there are a lot of young passionate people out there.”

Agribusiness banker Rhonda Henry, filled the position of Non-farmer Director. Rhonda has been working in banking for 44 years with a particular focus on dairying over the last decade. She has been based in Warrnambool for all of her working life and Ms Henry is passionate about the region and its farmers. Throughout her career she has had a number of customer service roles, as well as various lending and administration jobs.

She said one of the main reasons she joined the WestVic Dairy Board was because she wanted to give back to the industry and wants to do her bit to help create a sustainable and profitable dairy industry.

Larpent dairy farmer Jacqueline Suares also joined as a Farmer Director. She entered the industry after marrying a 4th generation dairy farmer 40 years ago. The family milks 170 cows on approximately 320 acres. Despite working off farm, her connection with the industry has always been strong. She retired from her position as CEO of a community service organisation not long ago and said she realised that she wanted to do something to stay active and give back to the community.

“Joining the WestVic Dairy Board seemed like the perfect way to do just that,” she said.

Ms Suares said the industry was in a state of constant change and her goal was to help farmers better manage their businesses in order to adjust to the changes.

“My biggest passion is people and I want to help farmers to adapt to the rapid changes that have become the new norm in our industry”.

Naringal’s Jessica Howe has joined the Board as an Associate Farmer Director, but she wears two hats: Aside from farming with her husband and his family on their farm, Ms Howe also works as a field officer at Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory. In 2012, Ms Howe was one of the 14 graduates of the inaugural Great South Coast Leadership program. She also completed a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture with Charles Sturt University and has worked on several farms across the region.

Ms Howe said joining the WestVic Dairy Board was one step towards achieving her goal of supporting young farmers in the industry.

“I’m very passionate about helping young people who want to start their career in the industry with finding their pathways,” she said.

“Being on both sides of the fence, as a field officer and a farmer, is challenging at times, but it also gives me a good understanding of the issues on both sides.”

“I hope that this will add a unique perspective to the Board”  

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Media enquiries:

Alexandra Lenehan Marketing and Communications Officer WestVic Dairy

03 5557 1002 I 0428 367 483 I media@westvicdairy.com.au

WestVic Dairy is a not for profit regional development program (RDP) led by western Victorian dairy farmers. WestVic Dairy is funded by Dairy Australia and the Dairy Service levy and supported by regional stakeholders


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Media Release

19 September 2017

For Immediate Release

 

WestVic Dairy Innovation Day offers something for everyone

An exciting line up of speakers will present at the inaugural WestVic Dairy Innovation Day on September 27 at the Emmanuel Centre in Warrnambool.

The day will showcase the latest innovations within the dairy industry and provide hands on workshops about how to implement these on-farm. The workshops and presentations will focus on current and future technology and innovations, such as the use of sensors, drones and new tractor technologies.

The keynote speaker will be Tasmanian farmer and 2017 Nuffield Scholar Duncan MacDonald, who will talk about his own experiences with implementing different types of innovations on his farm.

Mr MacDonald said he was thrilled to be part of the day and was hoping his experiences would help other farmers.

“I'm excited by the opportunity to be part of such a great event with such an interesting line up of speakers,” he said.

“I look forward to sharing some of my experiences and Nuffield Scholarship learnings so far.

"Innovation comes in many forms and it’s great to see such a diverse list of presentations in the program.”

He will be joined by Nicholas Lyons from NSW Department of Primary Industries speaking on making wise investment decisions and researcher Michelle Axford who will talk about her project of using Mid Infrared Technology to predict production, feed efficiency, fertility, health and longevity through herd test milk samples. Ian Halliday of Dairy Australia, will provide an overview of Dairy Australia’s research priorities and projects.

The key note presentations will be followed by ten workshops which will be held in five streams to ensure everyone has the chance to attend the sessions they want. After the workshops there will be a farm visit at Anthony and Wendy Eccles and an evening dinner, which will feature industry guest speakers.

WestVic Dairy’s Regional Manager Lindsay Ferguson said the day was designed to help farmers think innovatively and to make sense of some of the new technologies that are available.

“An innovation is not necessarily an expensive piece of technology, it can be something as simple as improving a business practice,” he said.

“Our program really has something for everyone, from large farms to small farms, high input to low input.”

On the day, there will also be trade stalls which will display what’s new in regards to dairy technologies, systems and research.

“The motto of the day is “Innovation Generation- farmers leading the way” and we truly believe that our industry is one of the leading ones when it comes to innovation,” Mr Ferguson said. 

Tickets for the day sessions are $10 for farmers and $30 for service providers. The evening dinner costs $30, which includes a two course meal at the City Memorial Bowls Club.

Tickets need to be purchased by calling WestVic Dairy on 5557 1000 or email amanda@westvicdairy.com.au.

The Innovation Day is supported by a number of sponsors, including the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Dairy Australia. Achmea, Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory and Delaval.

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Media enquiries:

Alexandra Lenehan Marketing and Communications Officer - WestVic Dairy

03 5557 1002 I 0428 367 483 I alex@westvicdairy.com.au

WestVic Dairy is a not for profit regional development program (RDP) led by western Victorian dairy farmers. WestVic Dairy is funded by Dairy Australia and the Dairy Service levy and supported by regional stakeholders.