Dairy ca­reer paths need more ex­po­sure

Dairy News Australia - - NEWS - TASMANIA - RICK BAYNE

NEW DAIRYTAS re­gional man­ager Jonathan Price wants to ex­pose more peo­ple to ca­reer paths in the dairy in­dus­try. Re­plac­ing long-serv­ing Mark Smith in the role, Mr Price says the in­dus­try is well po­si­tioned and con­fi­dence is im­prov­ing, though it’s not yet ready to be called buoy­ant. “Most peo­ple are well-po­si­tioned to set them­selves up for a good sea­son with some pos­i­tive price sig­nals and more favourable sea­sonal con­di­tions,” he said. “It’s not quite buoy­ant but there is more op­ti­mism than there has been in re­cent years, which is pleas­ing. Con­fi­dence lev­els have in­creased from a rel­a­tively low ba­sis given the events of the past 18 months.” Mr Price said his im­me­di­ate pri­or­i­ties were to con­tinue sup­port­ing the de­liv­ery of pro­grams to help farm­ers. “At times we need to shift our fo­cus onto shorter-term pres­sures, as we’ve seen in the past 18 months around the ad­just­ment in price and the chal­leng­ing wet con­di­tions we ex­pe­ri­enced last win­ter, but we’ll con­tinue on the longer-term goals.” One strate­gic goal cen­tres on peo­ple in the in­dus­try. “I think the dairy in­dus­try in Tas­ma­nia has raised its pro­file into the broader com­mu­nity in re­cent years but I still think there’s an op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend that pro­file into a greater level of knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing as to what the in­dus­try can pro­vide as a ca­reer path,” he said. “Cre­at­ing a greater level of knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing around ca­reer paths should cre­ate a larger base of peo­ple want­ing to get into the in­dus­try which will in­crease the over­all cal­i­bre of peo­ple and there­fore al­low the dairy busi­nesses of Tas­ma­nia to ben­e­fit from that big­ger pool of peo­ple. “There is an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the role the in­dus­try plays in the Tas­ma­nian econ­omy; the next level is greater knowl­edge of how it op­er­ates and its mar­kets, op­por­tu­ni­ties and ca­reer paths.” Mr Price said a lot had been done at in­dus­try level to ed­u­cate farm­ers on em­ploy­ing and man­ag­ing peo­ple cor­rectly to stay in the in­dus­try. His pri­or­i­ties in­clude help­ing farm­ers to in­crease ca­pa­bil­ity to achieve their busi­ness goals, mostly cen­tred on prof­itabil­ity, sus­tain­abil­ity and the en­vi­ron­ment. “I see a strong dairy pres­ence long-term. There has been sub­stan­tial growth over the past 10–15 years and the level of in­ter­est around in­vest­ing in Tassie hasn’t waned in that pe­riod,” Mr Price said. “The ap­petite of ex­ist­ing dairy farm­ers has been cur­tailed a lit­tle but at an in­vest­ment level it has re­mained strong and we con­tinue to see new en­trants into the in­dus­try.” Mr Price is orig­i­nally from Tas­ma­nia and worked with Fon­terra for the past eight years, ini­tially as an Area Man­ager (Cir­cu­lar Head) and then as Re­gional Milk Sup­ply Man­ager — Tas­ma­nia. His most re­cent role was Farmer Ser­vices Man­ager at Fon­terra’s head­quar­ters in Mel­bourne. After nearly 15 years with DairyTas and 25 years in the Tas­ma­nian dairy in­dus­try, Mr Smith re­tired at the end of Au­gust.

Jonathan Price

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