New program to develop future dairy leaders

By Rodney Woods

Dairy Australia and Geelong's Marcus Oldham College have launched a new learning program to support the development of business management capabilities in Australian dairy farming.

A Dairy Learning Plan has been designed to support students through the college's Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) course and to develop dairy-specific business management skills.

The course is open to new entrants to the industry and those already working in dairy farming who are looking to progress their careers in farm management.

Students will undertake an 11-month practical placement on a working dairy farm, as well as complete two years of study at Marcus Oldham College.

The Marcus Oldham course provides students with the opportunity to learn from people working across the industry, including dairy farmers and service providers, as well as explore real life farm scenarios and business challenges.

This includes a mixture of face-to-face and technology-enabled learning experiences involving business management and governance workshops, farm visits and work placements, in addition to networking and leadership opportunities including attending the Australian Dairy Conference.

“We are delighted to partner with Dairy Australia in helping educate the next generation of dairy industry leaders,” Marcus Oldham College principal Simon Livingstone said.

“This important partnership is testament to Dairy Australia’s commitment to developing strong education opportunities for the industry,” Dr Livingstone said.

“Marcus Oldham’s programs will provide the level of educational outcomes that the industry needs to ensure the next generation of farmers drive productivity in the dairy industry.”

Dairy Australia’s investment in Marcus Oldham College’s Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) course includes three scholarships offered each year in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Applicants with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a farm management career in the Australian dairy industry are invited to apply. Applications close on Friday, October 18.

For more information, visit: https://marcusoldham.vic.edu.au/scholarship/dairy-australia-farm-managers