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Current GippsDairy projects. Each project reflects our strategic priorities: Profitable & Sustainable Farms, a Reputable & Vibrant Industry, and Capable & Professional People. Projects are listed by Focus Area.

Strategic Priority 1:

Profitable & Sustainable Farms

Focus Area:

Feedbase & Animal Nutrition

Project

Overview

Feeding Pastures for Profit

Timeframe: 01/01/2017 - 01/09/2017

Partners: Gardiner Foundation, Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Gardiner Foundation & Dairy Australia

Output: 4 workshops


Seven-day program delivered over 12 months, starting April 2017 with locations based on demand.

The program brings practical tools and concepts to explore the potential of effective pasture management on increased pasture production and utilisation.

Gippsland Grows Green Grass Groups

Timeframe: 31/10/2014 - 01/09/2018

Partners: Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal & GippsDairy

Budget: $175,000


A group based activity aimed to increase confidence, knowledge and skills among participating dairy farmers in managing on-farm change related to increased pasture production via mentoring, farmer discussions and expert advice.

Gippsland Feedbase Challenge Groups

Timeframe: 01/09/2015 - 30/06/2017

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: $306,800
(GippsDairy and DairyNSW)

 
A group based activity for farmers to set their own goals for home grown feed performance. 

Delivery is then tailored towards achieving and measuring those goals over 12 months with a series of group meetings and data captured in DairyBase to analyse performance.

Pastures Plus

Timeframe: 01/06/2016 - 30/06/2017

Partners: Gardiner Foundation, Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Gardiner Foundation

Output: 6 workshops


Two hour session delivered to discussion groups and groups of farmers in spring.

We focus in on the best utilisation of pastures and conservation of good quality true surplus pasture.

Transition Feeding Workshops

Timeframe: 01/07/2016 - 30/06/2017

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Output: 4 sessions delivered (as part of InCharge delivery)


Short sessions on transition cow diets pre calving.

Sessions will debunk long held assumptions about transition feeding and the perception of transition feeding as a complex and expensive diet process.

Focus Area:

Farm Business Management

Gippsland Focus Farms Project

Timeframe: 01/07/2016 - 30/08/2018

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: $150,000


Focus Farms enable farmers and support group members to better understand their farm business systems and analyse the impact of on farm development and decision making options.

Focus Farmers, support group members and facilitators meet regularly for two years to address Focus Farm business challenges.

The learnings from each farm are communicated to the wider industry through media and open days.

2016-18 Focus Farms are: Fish Creek, Jindivick & Won Wron.

Discussion Group Support

Timeframe: 01/07/2016 - 30/06/2017

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: $60,000


Funding is available for discussion groups looking to value add to their current activities or groups of farmers who are looking to start new discussion groups. Examples of activities may include guest speakers, structured study tours or seed funding to start a new group.

Two women's discussion groups have been formed in West and South Gippsland with a third proposed for the MID, and four privately facilitated groups have been established throughout Gippsland with seed funding.

GippsDairy also facilitate five farmer discussion groups throughout Gippsland.

Tactics for Tight Times

Timeframe: 01/07/2016 - 30/06/2017

Partners: Delivered through Dairy Australia & GippsDairy with support from the Gardiner Foundation, the Australian

Government & major dairy processors

Budget: $278,000

Output: 24 activities
(1,165 attendees)

Taking stocks & reviews
(363 completed)


Tactics for Tight Times connects with farmers and brings together resources and practical advice that meets the needs of Gippsland dairy farmers to continue managing a challenging 2016/17 season.

GippsDairy has run additional sessions to assist farmers. This includes the 1:1 Taking Stock program and on farm seasonal update sessions.

Farm Business Fundamentals

Timeframe: 01/07/2016 - 30/06/2017

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia

Output: 3 workshops


This project covers the fundamental knowledge for farm business analysis, performance measurement and understanding good data collection and use.

The financial fundamentals were split into two modules Getting into Farm Business Management and Getting into Farm Data.

Dairy Farm Business Analysis

Timeframe: 01/07/2016 - 30/06/2017

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia (demand driven)

Output: 2 workshops


This program develops skills in understanding performance benchmarks in dairy farm businesses, and uses DairyBase as a tool to collate and analyse farm business performance.

 

 

 

Focus Area:

Animal Performance

Project

Overview

Facial Eczema
(monitoring of fungal spores - 
Pithomyces chartarum in Gippsland)

Timeframe: 01/07/2016 - 30/06/2017

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: $45,000


GippsDairy and Dairy Australia provided a facial eczema pasture spore monitoring with assistance from the Maffra Veterinary Centre, DEDJTR and 24 dairy farmers who acted as Sentinel Farmers. An alert system is used to inform farmers of facial eczema risk in Gippsland.

Cups on Cups Off

Timeframe: 2016/17

Partners: Dairy Australia, NCDE & GippsDairy

Budget: 5 workshops


The Countdown Cups On Cups Off training program covers the milking process, emphasising mastitis prevention and control.

The three-session course includes a practical training session to achieve best practice in milk harvesting and detection and treatment of clinical mastitis.

InCharge

Timeframe: 2016/17

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia (demand driven)

Output: 5 workshops


The InCharge program allow farmers to develop a fertility management plan, tailored for their farm which is aligned with your business goals that will improve your herd's fertility over time.

This program is designed for people in the farm business making decisions about joining times, semen selection, dry cow and springer management, calf rearing etc.

Humane Euthanasia of Livestock

Timeframe: 2016/17

Partners: Dairy Australia, NCDE & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia

Output: 2 workshops


One day course provides practical guidance on how to safely, effectively and humanely euthanase livestock.

Course covers how to ensure the high expectations of industry and community are met, work within the animal welfare laws and ensure the best welfare for our animals.

Rearing Healthy Calves

Timeframe: 2016/17

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia

Output: 5 workshops


Understanding the components of successful calf rearing is the focus in these workshops.

Topics covered include calving, recognising difficulties to ensure cows calve successfully, calf rearing and growing dairy heifers.

Healthy Hooves Workshops

Timeframe: 2016/17

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia (demand driven)


Available on demand for discussion groups and groups of farmers.

The program covers hoof management, lameness prevention and practical strategies for improving hoof health.

Heifers on Target

Timeframe: 2016/17

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia (demand driven)


A packaged extension program focused on maximising the potential of heifers entering the milking herd. Includes practical tips and industry tools to regularly monitor heifer performance.

Delivered on farm by a trained veterinarian to groups of farmers.

Focus Area:

Natural Resource Management

Extension Guide: Vegetation and Shade Structures

Timeframe: 01/07/2016 - 31/03/2018

Partners: Regional Development Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: $27,900


This project will draw together current information about shelterbelt design for irrigation areas as well as constructed shade options.

It also aims to extend the information via a booklet and field day to promote shade and shelter options for MID dairy farmers.

Funds Committed to NRM Activities

Timeframe: Ongoing

Partners: GippsDairy

Budget: $20,941


Funds committed to extension or research activities that result in improved management of effluent on dairy farms ($12,241).

Funds committed to climate response activities ($8,700). Note currently earmarked for project concept Extension Guide: Vegetation and Shade Structures.

Nutrient Management

Timeframe: Ongoing

Partners: Dairy Australia, GippsDairy,

West Gippsland CMA, Melbourne Water & Westernport Catchment Landcare Network

Output: 8 Fert$mart courses


Effluent:

  • Continue to promote effluent management legislation
  • through DairySAT & industry projects e.g. Fert$mart,
  • CORE 4, Rural Land Program
  • Promote the value of effluent as a nutrient source
  • Implement an annual spring/summer effluent campaign

Nutrient Planning:

  • Continue to work with existing partnerships to ensure
  • Fert$mart delivery progresses

Water Quality:

  • Promote on farm practices that keep soil and nutrients on the farm and out of the waterways eg CORE 4,
  • FertSmart, Rural Land Program, Corner InletConnections

Climate Challenges

Timeframe: Ongoing

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy


On farm water security, auditing & planning:

  • Promote resources to calculate stock & domestic water needs on farm
  • Training for extension staff &/or farmers in on farm water planning

Environmental Stewardship

Timeframe: Ongoing

Partners: GippsDairy, Sustainability Victoria & Gippsland Waste Group


Farm Waste Management:

  • Identify on farm waste streams and understand current on farm practices
  • Communicate effectively with farmers about how waste can be managed
  • Work with Sustainability Victoria, Gippsland Waste
  • Group and local government to improve options for management on farm wastes

Biodiversity

Timeframe: Ongoing

Partners: GippsDairy

  • Work with Landcare, Melbourne Water, Agriculture
  • Victoria & CMA's to promote multi benefits of planting trees on farms
  • Promote use of nurserymen/women who can offer an annual siting, planning & planting service
  • Link economic benefits into extension activities (i.e. Basalt to Bay Landcare resources)

 

Strategic Priority 2:

A Reputable & Vibrant Industry

Focus Area:

Industry Promotion

Project

Overview

Industry Promotion Event

Timeframe: November 2017

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

  • To elevate the positive profile of dairy with societal shapers at a regional level.
  • To provide an opportunity for regional dairy representatives to interact with decision makers and promoted the dairy industry.
  • To highlight the positive contribution that dairy is making at a National, State and Regional level.

Farm World 2017

Timeframe: March/April 2017

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy


Aims to elevate the profile of GippsDairy and Dairy Australia and communicate the importance an future of the industry within the region.

South Gippsland Dairy Expo (Korumburra)

Timeframe: September 2016

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy


Aims to promote GippsDairy's and Dairy Australia's service to farmers and service providers

LEGENDAIRY

Timeframe: 2016/17

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia

  • Support the LEGENDAIRY Capital program by distributing information through the region to encourage nominations
  • Continue to source LEGENDAIRY stories and farmer profiles
  • LEGENDAIRY upskilling and training opportunities
  • Liaise with DA in regards to the Picasso Cows program

Focus Area: Health & Safety

Dairy Safely Home Safely

Timeframe: 2016/2017

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia

  • Support farmers and industry in using the Farm.
  • Safety Starter Kit resource to get Farm Safety.
  • System started or improve the existing system.
  • Support the Farm Safety Champion Project by GippsDairy participation in the National pilot group trialling the Farm Safety Manual

Dairy Farmer Mental Health

Timeframe: 2016/2017

Partners: various in the Gippsland Mental Health Sector


Participation by GippsDairy representative in working 
group focusing on a collaborative approach to improving the understanding of mental health, reducing stigma associated with mental health and improving access to appropriate mental health care to people within the dairy farming community.

Focus Area: Supporting Communities

All Breeds Youth Camp

Timeframe: 2015/16

Partners: GippsDairy

Budget: $1,000


Sponsorship of a 5 day camp for 45 young people to learn about dairy cattle and dairying.

Gippsland Dairy Show Youth Group

Timeframe: 2016/17

Partners: GippsDairy

Budget: $1,000


Recognition of sponsorship at event, information shared about GippsDairy and YDDP.

Scholarship Agricultural Health and Medicine

Timeframe: 2016/17

Partners: National Centre for Farmer Health & GippsDairy

Budget: $2,500


Scholarship available for study in Agricultural Health and Medicine in Gippsland.

Applicants with a commitment to improving the healthcare of the region's rural communities are encouraged to apply including registrars undertaking rural placement, postgraduate students in health care professions and established health care providers with a commitment and passion for farming communities.

 

Strategic Priority 3:

Capable & Professional People

Focus Area:

Workforce Training & Development

Project

Overview

Dairy Workforce - Growing Dairy People

Timeframe: 01/07/2014 - 30/06/2017

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: $214,000


Support farmers in using industry employment tools

(eMe & Eski) and attend industry courses by providing a project officer to give technical support and promote products, tools and events.

Supply and supported job advertising process using the GippsDairy website and promotion in local media.

Clarify and raise awareness of career pathways in the dairy industry by using industry developed career pathways and build relationships with regional schools to promote the industry as a career option.

Boost training in multiple aspects of dairy farming systems by linking interested people with appropriate training options through NCDE.

Employment Basics

Timeframe: 2016/2017

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia (demand driven)

Output: 3 workshops


Support farmers to employing people correctly in the 
dairy industry, with an emphasis on attracting and retaining staff while fulfilling legal obligations as an employer.

Support farmers in using the Employment Starter Kit and The People in Dairy Website

(The People in Dairy website)

Building Remarkable Workplaces

Timeframe: 2016/2017

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia (demand driven)

Output: 3 workshops


Support farmers to develop techniques to assist 
with effective recruitment, retention and performance management of staff.

Focus Area:

Promote Career Pathways

Cows Create Careers

Timeframe: 01/07/2016 - 30/06/2017

Partners: GippsDairy, Bass Coast Shire, Baw Baw Shire,

East Gippsland Shire, South Gippsland Shire

Budget: $10,000


Promotes career and education opportunities in the dairy industry for secondary students who take an 
active part in learning about the industry while caring for dairy calves.

Stepping Up Stepping Back Workshop

Timeframe: 2016/17

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia (demand driven)

Output: 3 workshops


Workshop designed to provide development opportunities for young dairy people.

It aims to help farmers consider options available to them as they transition in the dairy industry.

Stepping Back

Timeframe: 2016/17

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia (demand driven)

Output: 1 workshop


Workshops designed to help farmers consider options available to them as they transition out of the dairy industry or retire.

Farm Safety Open Days

Timeframe: 2016/17

Partners: Dairy Australia,GippsDairy, WorkSafe, GoTafe, VFF

Budget: funded by Dairy Australia (demand driven)

Output: 2 workshops


Delivery of on-farm open days where farmers can learn about the latest tools and resources available to assist dairy farmers with safety on their farm.

Have the opportunity to speak with WorkSafe Victoria staff without any follow up from the day; receive information about training available for dairy farm employees on Quad Bike, Tractor, Livestock Handling & Chemical User courses; VFF Quad Bike Rebate Scheme and; WorkSafe Victoria Free Safety Consultation program.

Focus Area:

Nurture Industry Leaders

Leadership/People Development Grant

Timeframe: 01/07/2015 - 30/06/2016

Partners: Geoffrey Gardiner Foundation

Budget: $35,000


The Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation offered GippsDairy a Leadership/People Development Grant.

The grant was invested into courses/activities in our region with an overarching goal of leadership and people development.

Leadership & People Development

Timeframe: 01/07/2016 - 30/06/2017

Partners: Geoffrey Gardiner Foundation, Dairy Australia &

GippsDairy

Output: RM & 2 directors completed AICD
(1 week company 
directors course)


Directors trained in corporate governance and other areas as relevant.

Gippsland Young Dairy Network (YDN)

Timeframe: 01/07/2015 - 30/06/2017

Partners: Dairy Australia, GippsDairy & industry partners


Gippsland YDN supports leadership opportunities and builds social networks for young dairy farmers.

Outcomes include:

Increased networking opportunities and awareness of opportunities currently available to young farmers.

Provision of a wider perspective of the dairy industry and what it can offer.

Generate more interest in further training and boost skills and confidence.

Engaging and co-ordinating opportunities for personal and professional development.

Don Campbell Memorial Tour

Timeframe: 01/07/2016 - 30/06/2017

Partners: Dairy Australia & GippsDairy

Budget: $12,000


The 5 day tour of northern Tasmanian dairy industry by a group of 10-14 young farmers aims to inspire young farmers to look at the industry and their own future in it in a new way.

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making.

DairyBase

DairyBase is a web-based tool that enables dairy farmers to measure and compare their farm business performance over time.

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