Tour feeds pas­sion for dairy

Shepparton News - Country News - - SPC CENTENARY - By Rod­ney Woods

A Muck­atah dairy farmer will travel across the ditch next month as part of the 2019 New Zealand Study Tour.

The eight-day tour pro­vides suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants, in­clud­ing Muck­atah’s Ama­bel Grin­ter, with de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­gage and learn from rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Fed­er­ated Farm­ers of New Zealand.

Or­gan­ised by the UDV and funded by the Gar­diner Dairy Foun­da­tion, the tour in­cludes vis­its to farms, pro­cess­ing com­pa­nies, re­search and ex­ten­sion fa­cil­i­ties and net­work­ing with farmer groups.

Ms Grin­ter said af­ter fin­ish­ing univer­sity her pas­sion was to bet­ter un­der­stand the dairy in­dus­try in Aus­tralia and across the globe.

‘‘Last De­cem­ber (2017) I grad­u­ated from La Trobe Univer­sity with a Bach­e­lor of Agri­cul­tural Sciences,’’ she said.

‘‘This course gave me a great broad un­der­stand­ing of Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture and re­lated sciences.

‘‘In these past 12 months I have been fo­cus­ing on strength­en­ing my un­der­stand­ing of the dairy in­dus­try, both na­tion­ally and glob­ally.

‘‘My hope is that this trip is go­ing to fur­ther my pas­sion for dairy both on-farm and in a lead­er­ship role within the in­dus­try in the fu­ture.’’

Ms Grin­ter said she was hop­ing to find out if any is­sues fac­ing farm­ers here were re­cip­ro­cated in New Zealand.

‘‘I am re­ally in­ter­ested in an­i­mal wel­fare and pub­lic im­age,’’ she said.

‘‘I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing how the dairy in­dus­try in New Zealand is work­ing to­wards man­ag­ing the ever in­creas­ing cus­tomer pres­sures in re­gards to an­i­mal pro­duc­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal changes, and over­all so­cial sus­tain­abil­ity.

‘‘With wa­ter se­cu­rity a prom­i­nent topic of con­cern within north­ern Vic­to­ria and NSW, par­tic­u­larly, I am also in­ter­ested in see­ing how much of a con­cern wa­ter is for New Zealand agri­cul­ture go­ing for­ward.

‘‘Along­side this, I am cu­ri­ous to dis­cuss the fu­ture di­rec­tion of feed­ing cows in a graz­ing sys­tem.’’

Ms Grin­ter is look­ing for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity in Fe­bru­ary.

‘‘I was ex­tremely grate­ful to the se­lec­tion panel and en­tire dairy in­dus­try for sup­port­ing me and giv­ing me op­por­tu­ni­ties that will in the fu­ture help me to sup­port the in­dus­try,’’ she said.

‘‘I still feel very hum­bled to know that peo­ple see me as some­one who could be a strong voice in the Vic­to­rian dairy in­dus­try go­ing for­ward.

‘‘I am par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the other re­cip­i­ents and ex­pand­ing my pro­fes­sional net­work.’’

Other suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants who will join the tour are: ■ Danielle Walker, Pan­mure. ■ Le­ica Man­ners, Deni­son. ■ Ma­jella Ryan, Grass­mere. ■ Rachael McGrath, Or­ford. ■ Thomas Ryan, Bir­re­gurra. ■ Thomas Stu­art, Dixie.

Ea­ger to learn more . . . Ama­bel Grin­ter hopes a study tour to New Zealand next month will build on her un­der­stand­ing of the dairy in­dus­try.

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