Murray Dairy Young Dairy Network

The Young Dairy Network (YDN) is a program for the Murray Dairy region's younger generation of dairy farmers, farm staff, service providers and new entrants to the industry.

The YDN runs social events, technical courses, workshops and presentations, an annual study tour and Young Dairy Discussion Groups where participants can network and share ideas. 

All YDN events are free or low cost, thanks to sponsors Dairy Australia and Gardiner Foundation.

The Murray Dairy YDN runs a Facebook page and distribute an e-newsletter every second month. Follow the Murray Dairy YDN or subscribe to receive information about upcoming events and opportunities.

Young Dairy Discussion Groups

Discussion Groups meet monthly and cover a range of topics relevant to the dairy industry. The format of each session is different, from guest speakers to farm walks and technical demonstrations, to social events and friendly trivia competitions. Some sessions are run during the day, others after evening milking.

There are currently four YDN Discussion Groups: Rochester, Kyabram, Numurkah and southern Riverina. New members are always welcome.

Scholarships and grants

The dairy industry offers a range of scholarships and grants to those who are working, studying or involved in the industry. Scholarships and grants for formal study, leadership programs, study tours, conferences and on-farm development are among the options available. These are promoted through the Murray Dairy social media channels and eNews.

YDN Steering Committee

The purpose of the YDN Steering Committee is to help shape the YDN program for the year including the events, support and the focus of the network. The committee provides important feedback to Murray Dairy and other research, extension and education organisations about how young people in agriculture can be better supported.

Members also represent young farmers and service providers in contributing to some of the industry's major projects.

The committee is made up of farmers and service provider representatives from across the Murray Dairy region.

Join the YDN

Young people who would like to join the Murray Dairy YDN and get involved in current opportunities, events and activities in the region can complete the YDNA online membership form.

For more information about the Murray Dairy YDN, contact the Murray Dairy office.

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