YDNA works across the regions to support local networks of young dairy farmers. Find out what's in it for you and how you can get involved.
The Young Dairy Network Australia (YDNA) is a project of Dairy Australia that works across the regions to support local networks of young dairy farmers and employees.
Each dairy region provides support and organised activities designed to support you and your development in the industry.
YDNA is all about backing the next generation of young people in the industry who will advance the industry with innovation and vision.
Participate in any of the YDN activities in your region including farm walks, social events, workshops, leadership programs and tours
Get involved in running your network and gain skills in leadership and organisation
Opportunities for support to attend national dairy events
Connect with other young farmers from other regions
Each regional network has local young farmers involved ensuring the right activities happen for your region.
Dairy NSW is currently developing sub-regional networks to support and foster the development of young people in the industry.
The networks will undertake activities that develop and build the capacity of young dairy farmers, retain and attract young people to the industry and develop the community through strong social networks and increasing the participation of young people.
Visit the Dairy NSW YDN Facebook page here.
Mid North Coast, Sam Nicholson: 0427 666 709
South Coast, Ashley Wright: 0432 570352
Far South Coast, Jess Pearce: 0439 448462
Central West, Sally Downie: 0401 309656
Hunter, Emma Oke: 0436 471921
The Gippsland YDN organises events to develop your dairy farm knowledge and skills, improve the information flow to young people, provide leadership opportunities and to satisfy social essentials via a strong network of over 400 young people. Events may include dinners, discussion groups, farm visits, tours, guest speakers and seminars on specific topics such as share farming. You may like to suggest an idea or a topic.
The YDN Regional Coordinator is based at the GippsDairy Office. Local Advisory Committees (LACs) operate throughout the region to identify different needs and organise events to meet these needs.
Visit the GippsDairy website for more information or check out the Facebook page.
0428 889 337
The focus of the Murray Dairy YDN is to enhance the future viability of the dairy industry within the Murray Dairy Region by supporting young people to develop capacity and capability to succeed in their chosen industry role.
The Murray Dairy YDN was established to meet the needs of the younger generation of dairy farmers, employees and service providers within the Murray Dairy region.
Investing in professional and personal development of young people in the dairy industry and the service sector will ensure profitable businesses and capacity and capability for the future.
(03) 5833 5928
0418 951 324
Program Manager, Viv McCollum: 0428 718 620
Far North Qld, Joanna Srhoj: 0458 065695
Darling Downs, Belinda Haddow: 0400 003 638
South East Qld, Belinda Haddow: 0423 003 638
Sunshine Coast, Viv McCollum: 0409 718 620
NSW Far North Coast, Katina Trout: 0427 916 650
NSW Mid North Coast, Heath Cook: 0477 047 960
Visit the Tasmanian YDN Facebook page.
0429 698 168
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 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 are 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.
Join the Western Dairy YDN Facebook group.
08 9724 2420
WestVic YDN with the support of the national Young Dairy Network Australia (YDNA) endeavors to enable and develop the next generation of dairy leaders to ensure the viability of this great dairy region into the future by:
Connections with WestVic Dairy and other governing bodies. Prospective members have the opportunity to join their Local Area Committees (LACs):
LACs consist of between 5 -10 young farmers and service providers and have the support of a regional coordinator.
Visit the WestVic YDN Facebook page.
Heidi Van Es
0459 227 337