GIPPSLAND’S dairy industry has three key organisations servicing farm capability development.
Determining who provides what services in the region has been a challenge up until now.
The recently released Dairy Services Guide offers Gippsland’s dairy community a comprehensive resource that showcases the available capability development opportunities.
The Gippsland Dairy Services Guide is a 16-page handbook that has been developed by GippsDairy, Dairy Australia, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE) and Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE).
GippsDairy extension coordinator Tony Platt said the guide, which is still in a pilot stage, will have a major impact on the uptake of services on offer in the Gippsland dairy industry.
“Our industry needs skilled new entrants coming in and existing farmers and farm employees are always looking to develop their skills,” he said.
“The Dairy Services Guide simplifies the process of getting started in further education or getting involved in one of the many on-farm projects designed to help the industry increase profitability and capability.”
The guide uses the themes of Dairy Moving Forward to categorise programs into:
• Feedbase and Nutrition
• Animal Performance
• Farm Business Management
• Natural Resources Management and Climate Change
• People
• Milk Quality/Milk Harvesting
“When used with Dairy Australia’s Stepping Stones handbook, the Dairy Services Guide gives people of all ages and backgrounds a framework to plan and review their career or education pathway, while offering employers and employees a framework to start professional development discussions,” NCDE/GOTAFE’s commercial manager Luke Prime said.
A copy of the Dairy Services Guide was recently posted to Gippsland dairy farms, with an online version available at www.gippsdairy.com.au
“While this is a working guide, we would love feedback on how we can improve the next edition to better meet the needs of Gippsland dairy farmers,” Tony Platt said.
Anyone with feedback can contact at tplatt@dairyaustralia.com.au or phone 0477 440 339.