FIVE of Gippsland’s up and coming dairy leaders have been selected to participate in the 2018 New Zealand (NZ) Study Tour, as organised by the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) and funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation.
The successful applicants of the NZ Study Tour for 2018 are Ashlee Bloxidge (Nar Nar Goon), Elspeth Field (Tinamba), Katherine Byrne (Ellinbank), Rhiannon Parry (North Wonthaggi) and Sharnie Johnson (Nambrok)
The South Island of NZ is home to some of the world’s leading dairy and processing facilities, and is renowned for being ahead of the curve in regard to farming, processing techniques and research.
The NZ Study Tour provides successful applicants with development opportunities to engage and learn from farmers as well as representatives of industry organisations such as the Federated Farmers of NZ.
Interim CEO of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Dr Clive Noble, described the 2018 participants as an exceptional group of young leaders, eager for individual and collective development.
“The calibre of applicants this year is a tribute to the level of quality young farmers we have in the Victorian dairy industry.
“Each applicant has shown determination and an interest to learn about farming in NZ and to work together for stronger and more united dairy industry in Victoria,” Dr Noble said.
The program, now in its eighth year, integrates Australian farmers into a global dairy network.
Successful candidate, Elspeth Field from Tinamba, is excited to participate in the NZ Study Tour.
“I heard about the NZ Study Tour from a friend who was involved two years ago who received a lot out of the experience.
“Everyone speaks very highly of the NZ farming industry and their advances in farming technology.
“I think the Study Tour will help provide me with knowledge on how other young farmers operate, which I hope to use in practice on the farm and in the Gippsland community when I come home,”
The Study Tour will commence in February and all participants will have the opportunity to broaden their horizons to many more dairying possibilities that extend beyond one singular geographical location or culture.