Dairy Australia recruiting for new extension roles to support growing sector in Victoria

Friday 26 February 2016 | From Dairy Australia

Dairy Australia, in partnership with Victorian Regional Development Programs (RDPs), is offering six new industry-based dairy extension roles to work with Victorian and Riverina dairy farmers.

Working within the GippsDairy, Murray Dairy and WestVic Dairy RDP teams the six new Regional Extension Officers will be responsible for connecting with farmers and the wider dairy industry to deliver effective extension programs and services.

Dairy Australia Program Manager, Neil Webster, said the new full-time roles were about delivering high-quality extension outcomes that support practice change on farms to enable farmers to run successful businesses that are profitable, sustainable and competitive.

“These are great opportunities for skilled professionals who know how to work with farmers to deliver a range of services and technical programs,” Mr Webster said.

Working as part of an established team, the successful applicants will be self-starters with strong planning and organising skills capable of building effective relationships with the region’s dairy farmers, service providers, other extension providers and training organisations.

“They will bring a strong understanding of farming systems, technical aspects of farm production and dairy farmer’s requirements,” he said.

Nationally Dairy Australia has taken greater responsibility for the delivery of extension services to dairy farmers and works with a range of providers to meet regional needs. The new roles in Victoria see Dairy Australia assuming responsibility for the delivery of productivity-based extension from July, with programs such as Feedbase, Animal nutrition and Animal health in addition to current delivery of Farm Business Management and People programs.

Mr Webster said Dairy Australia is committed to delivering the extension services the industry needs both now and in the future.

“RDPs work with partners, including DEDJTR, to manage the coordination and delivery of extension, ensuring what is delivered to dairy farmers lines up with their needs and regional priorities. Currently a number of activities are being rolled out in response to the challenging seasonal conditions being experienced in most parts of Victoria.

“This extension model works very well across other dairy regions and we look forward to continuing to build the extension effort in Victoria,” Mr Webster said.

The Victorian RDPs will soon pick up responsibility for the delivery of Feeding Pastures for Profit, a very successful program developed by DEDJTR.

“This is part of a transition that Dairy Australia and DEDJTR have worked together to ensure extension services to farmers are maintained,” he said.

Applications for the dairy extension roles based in Gippsland, Northern Victoria and South West Victoria (two per region) close on March 11. Full details are available here.

Dairy Australia is the national services body for the Australian dairy industry. The company acts as the collective investment arm of the industry, investing in essential research, development, extension and industry services with the goal of making dairy farms more profitable.

To interview Neil Webster, please contact:

Mark Pearce, Media Manager, Dairy Australia

03 9694 3809 / 0417 540 059 / mpearce@dairyaustralia.com.au

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