Dairy on the agenda

By Country News

The Australia Dairy Conference returns next month, with former Federal Defence Minister Brendan Nelson the highlight of the six sessions of guest speakers.

Dr Nelson will share stories from his time as defence minister as well as stories from his current role as a curator of the country’s recollection of war — a history that has seen both bold and failed leadership.

The six speaking sessions are on bold leadership, behind the farm gate, making gains thanks to the new genome era, an insight into the world of milk processing, diet wars and dairy elders, and the finalists of the Australian Young Dairy Scientists’ Award will be revealed.

Notable speakers are:

■Peter van Onselen, The Australian contributing editor.

■Dairy Australia managing director David Nation.

■Brad Nobush, a dairy farmer from Minnesota in the United States.

■Jared Ireland, Lockington dairy farmer.

■Ken Kimber, Australian Dairy Conference founding director and Bega dairy farmer.

■Dr Nollaig Heffernan, independent management consultant from Ireland.

The Australian Dairy Conference will again partner with Dairy Australia to support one farmer from each of the Regional Development Programs to attend the Canberra event.

The conference will offer each RDP a full farmer conference registration and Dairy Australia will provide assistance with accommodation and travel costs.

For more information and to apply, contact your local RDP.

The Australian Dairy Conference will be held from Tuesday, February 19 to Thursday, February 21 at Hotel Realm in Canberra.

A pre-conference farm tour will be held in central NSW starting from the Hotel Realm at 7.30am on Monday, February 18.

For first-timers to the conference, a meet and greet will be held on Tuesday, February 19 between 5pm and 6pm at the Hotel Realm.

■To register for the conference, visit: https://ccem.eventsair.com/2019-australian-dairy-conference/registration/Site/Register