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Changes to regional extension activities

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, our regional teams are starting to recommence farm visits and face-to-face extension activities, whilst continuing to offer remote extension options.

Each regional team is managing their return to extension with a focus on the safety and wellbeing of the dairy community, guided by the recommendations of health professionals and state and federal regulations. Please check your regional newsletter or website for details.

If you’re participating in face-to-face extension activities, we ask that you help us to maintain a safe environment:

  • If you are unwell, or have recently been unwell, please stay at home. Contact the organiser and we will look at other ways we can provide you with information from the event. If someone is visiting your farm and you, or any of your family or staff have been unwell, please contact our extension team to reschedule.
  • If someone is visiting your farm, confirm arrangements beforehand.
  • Do not shake hands.
  • Wash and sanitise your hands regularly. Sanitiser will be provided at our events.
  • Maintain a safe distance of at least 1.5m from others at all times
  • If you do need to cough or sneeze, please make sure you do so into your elbow or go outside.
  • You are welcome to bring and wear a mask to all our events.
  • RSVPs for all events are essential so we have adequate space and can maintain social distancing
  • Limit ride sharing if you are travelling around the farm. Dairy Australia staff will use their own vehicles.
  • Prevent multiple people handling equipment, pens, resources etc.
  • Please consider downloading the COVIDSafe App prior to attending any events.

We will be taking every precaution to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission at our events. However, if you are in a high-risk group or you don’t feel comfortable attending, please get in touch with us to find out how you can access the information through other channels.

Discussion Groups, Focus Farms, training programs, seasonal updates and other extension activities are all being offered online, and are easily accessible to anyone with a computer, tablet or smartphone. See below for details.

 Discussion Groups

Whilst we are adhering to social distancing requirements, Dairy Discussion Groups are being hosted online so you can stay connected. We have designed an offering to ensure that the Virtual Discussion Group experience provides the same outcomes and benefit to you as regular face-to-face meetings. 

Hosted on virtual conferencing application, Zoom, and Dairy Australia's online learning platform, Enlight, Virtual Dairy Discussion Groups are easily accessible and available to any participants with a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Dairy Discussion Group participants will be supported by regional extension staff to access the online platforms. Contact your local team to find out how to connect with your local Discussion Group using these channels. 

Get started with these resources: 

Focus Farms

Like Discussion Groups, we are using online platforms, Zoom and Enlight, to keep our Focus Farm support groups running during this time. Similar to your regular face to face meetings, these online platforms allow you to share ideas and learn from each other’s experiences with the guidance of the Focus Farm facilitator.

As a participant there are two ways you can engage with your virtual Focus Farm support group meeting. The first is a ‘live’ format with video/audio chat between the group, usually hosted on Zoom. In addition to live meetings, virtual support groups have the option to use Dairy Australia’s Enlight platform to engage in pre- and post- meeting discussion and share resources.

Your regional extension team and/or group facilitator will be in touch with details for your group’s upcoming meetings including directions to access Zoom and Enlight.

The Virtual Focus Farm Participant Guide is now available to assist you to access and navigate the online platforms. Click here for a copy.

Training programs and industry courses 

We are also working hard to create online courses for some of our signature programs. Based on input we've received from farmers across the country, we are prioritising courses like Cups On Cups Off (CoCo), Transition Cow Management and Our Farm, Our Plan. As we’re sure you can appreciate, this is something that takes a bit of time. We are testing a few of the courses currently and you’ll hear from your local team as soon as they're available.

Resources 

Resources such as factsheets, podcasts, videos and webinars are available on our website. For specific information relating to COVID-19, visit the Dairy Industry COVID-19 Directory. Follow us on social media to stay up to date with the latest information. 

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