Lots of in­ter­est for Young Farm­ers at Con­fer­ence

Farm World News - - Farm World 2016 -

The in­au­gu­ral Farm World Young Farm­ers Con­fer­ence will be held in con­junc­tion with Farm World Field Days at Lard­ner Park, Warragul, on Satur­day April 9.

With ABC Gipp­s­land Ru­ral Re­porter, Laura Poole, as mas­ter of cer­e­monies, the con­fer­ence will fo­cus on prime ar­eas of in­ter­est for young farm­ers such as new tech­nol­ogy, suc­ces­sion plan­ning, al­ter­nate farm­ing busi­ness struc­tures and lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties in agri­cul­ture.

New tech­nol­ogy for live­stock pro­duc­ers avail­able now and com­ing in the fu­ture will be the sub­ject of a pre­sen­ta­tion by Zac Economu, a sheep farmer and re­search fel­low at the Univer­sity of New Eng­land. These ad­vances would in­clude pre­ci­sion live­stock man­age­ment, vir­tual fenc­ing and re­mote sens­ing of pas­tures.

New Zealand dairy farmer, Ben Smith, will dis­cuss his con­cept ‘Cir­cu­lar So­lu­tions’, which in­cor­po­rates a closed loop sys­tem where ef­flu­ent waste is con­verted through a bio-di­gester to pro­duce ei­ther fer­tiliser for pas­ture and crops, fish food for his de­vel­op­ing aqua­cul­ture busi­ness or bed­ding ma­te­rial for his cows.

He uses a large range of tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing elec­tronic cow, ef­flu­ent, wa­ter and ir­ri­ga­tion mon­i­tor­ing and is plan­ning to add an au­to­mated dairy sys­tem in the fu­ture.

Al­ter­na­tive farm­ing mod­els and the op­tions for be­ing self-em­ployed in agri­cul­ture with­out own­ing land as­sets will be dis­cussed by John Mul­vany from OMJ Con­sult­ing.

Suc­ces­sion plan­ning is one of the big­gest chal­lenges fac­ing farm­ers and in­volves a process that may take 10 to 15 years. A panel dis­cus­sion chaired by the Com­mon­wealth Bank will ad­dress the is­sues. The panel par­tic­i­pants cover the di­verse ar­eas of agri­cul­ture in the re­gion:

Dairy – Damian Mur­phy (Dum­balk North)

Po­tato – Stu­art Jen­nings (Thor­p­dale)

Beef/pig­gery – Robert Bay­ley (Black­wood Pig­gery, Trafal­gar)

Crop­ping/Live­stock – Tim Paulet (Mill­ring Pas­toral, Toongab­bie)

Shane Hell­wege, Group Man­ager In­dus­try, Peo­ple & Ca­pa­bil­ity at Dairy Aus­tralia, will head a pre­sen­ta­tion on ‘The fu­ture shape of the dairy in­dus­try - where are the op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple’.

Also Paul Ford who is the chair­man of Agribusi­ness Gipp­s­land will present on the ca­reer devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in agri­cul­ture, and this ses­sion will in­clude a case study from Graeme Ni­coll, a dairy farmer and Nuffield Scholar.

All in all a full gamut of im­por­tant is­sues that will be of great in­ter­est to young farm­ers from all sec­tors of the in­dus­try. The con­fer­ence will com­mence at 9.30am and is planned to fin­ish at 12.30. The $70.00 cost per head will in­clude en­try into Farm World, morn­ing tea and lunch. Book­ings can be made through www.try­book­ing. com/169137, but in­ter­ested peo­ple are urged to be quick as num­bers will be lim­ited.

The Farm World Young Farm­ers Con­fer­ence will be a fea­ture at Farm World this year.

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