Focusing on challenges

By Country News

Issues threatening the viability of Victoria’s dairy sector will be in the spotlight at next month’s UDV conference.

This year’s theme of ‘Dairy in a Changing Climate’ will touch on issues including the changing regulatory and social climates and a changing climatic environment.

It will also expand the discussion around the challenges facing the dairy industry in a changing world.

UDV president Paul Mumford said the recent spate of animal rights activists entering Victorian farms and risking biosecurity incursions would be among the issues on the agenda.

‘‘We fully support consumers making choices in the foods they eat and we are proud to provide some of those healthy, safe options, but we do not support people forcing their views on others or raiding farms,’’ Mr Mumford said.

‘‘We are excited to announce that Superintendent and Agriculture Liaison, Peter Greaney, from Victoria Police will be addressing our 2019 conference.

‘‘We have been liaising with Victoria Police and we are grateful for the support they have provided.’’

Supt Greaney is the Operational Support Superintendent for Western Region and the head of Livestock Theft and Farm Crime based in Geelong.

Mr Greaney has worked in crime investigation, intelligence, counter terrorism and security investigations, training and emergency management.

‘‘We know many of our members are concerned for the safety of their families and their animals, so it is fantastic to have Supt Greaney speaking at the conference and informing what we anticipate will be a passionate debate about how the agricultural sector should respond to this threat,’’ Mr Mumford said.

■The UDV 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference will be held on Friday, May 10 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The conference is free for all farmers.

■To register, visit: www.vff.org.

au/udvconference or phone the UDV office on 1300882833.