The Western Dairy YDN operates out of the Western Dairy Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Hub in Bunbury and is coordinated by Jessica Andony. Jessica divides her time between technical duties on several of Western Dairy’s research projects, a range of extension activities and the role of coordinating events for WA’s young dairy farmers.
Jessica is a fountain of energy and great ideas and has driven a fresh wave of momentum through the network, with a bag full of activities planned.
She is a big advocate of study tours to make sure young people expand their ideas and networks by seeing how other dairy regions operate. She works hard to overcome the cost hurdle of study tours by actively seeking sponsorship to help alleviate the cost. “As soon as you get on a plane from Perth its going to cost you a lot as we are a long way from anywhere – but that doesn’t stop us,” says Jessica.
The Network has grown significantly under Jessica’s management and her ambition is to make sure every young person working on a dairy farm in WA joins the group.
“We only have about 160 dairy farm businesses in WA so we’re a small community of farmers, but that doesn’t mean that everyone knows one another, as we are a very spread out region geographically.
“The formation of the Young Dairy Network with the support from Dairy Australia has meant that we have been able to bring our young farmers together. Having an interesting range of YDN activities to choose from means we are well placed to reach out to everyone.”
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Jessica Andony firstname.lastname@example.org
08 9724 2420