2014 Tasmanian Legendairy Conference
Burnie Arts & Function Centre
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 9am–4.30pm
Close on 200 people attended the annual Tasmanian Dairy Conference in Burnie on March 26th. The day saw a very positive mood around the industry and its future in Tasmania.
The conference featured a range of speakers from local dairy farmers, the Burnie High School dairy video team to national and international industry outlooks and specialised topics around animal health, human resources and investing in dairy.
The outlook for dairy remains positive internationally but there is an expectation of a supply response in the US and Europe from the high commodity prices. Tasmania is well positioned to take advantage of this provided more farm investment can be achieved matched with the people to run the farms.
The GM developments happening for dairy pastures look promising and Tasmania needs to be able to take advantage of this and not locked out of developments looming from the R&D scene. The Tasmanian moratorium on GM is a concern for Dairy.
Dairy Australia is investing heavily in dairy extension programs and in people programs to support dairy farmers. The Legendairy campaign continues and is building momentum in community perceptions and in farmer stories and PR. This is what is needed to build a better and more positive image around dairy. The ESKi and Stepping Stones resources will be important for supporting farmers and attracting new people.
Tasmania has some great examples of young farmers who have stepped through the industry; as employees, sharefarmers or owners. We need to promote these positive stories around dairy to attract more labour. Dairy conversions around the northern and possibly southern midlands of Tasmania will happen as the recent farm investments prove themselves.