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Featuring a strong line-up of topics and speakers, the Murray Dairy Business Forum is held annually in our region. Get involved and download presentations here.

Murray Dairy Business Forum 

The Murray Dairy Business Forum is our regional annual opportunity to get together to hear quality presentations on farm business frameworks, latest research and people development for farming in the modern era. Future events will be held annually in May. 
Get involved with the next MDBF activities:
Contact Murray Dairy:
(03) 5833 5312 or 

Recent speaker presentations for download

Murray Dairy Business Forum 2017
Celebrating the 21st year of operations of Murray Dairy
19 October, 2017, Shepparton
Dairy Australia Update, October 2017
Ian Halliday, Dairy Australia
  • A period of recovery
  • Milk production
  • Seasonal conditions
  • The Australian and international markets

Download Ian's presentation

Managing the farm business in the modern era
Becoming a CEO of the Dairy Farm Business
Mike Stephens, Meridian Agriculture
  • How to create a complete farm business picture
  • The Meridian Ag model; financial assets, human assets, physical assets
  • Attributes and responsibilities of different manager-types within the farm business
  • The family business model

Download Mike's presentation

Innovation and technology
Latest Innovation and Technology Applications for Agtech
Sam Trethewey, Manager SpoutX
  • Aussie R&D spending and research compared to rest of world
  • Commercialisation in Australia lagging behind
  • Tough access to capital
  • Lean start up methods
  • Why is agtech a thing?
  • The Australian agtech opportunity

Download Sam's presentation

Innovation Update from DataGene
Michelle Axford and Tony Francis, DataGene
Presentation covers:
  • Data and automated calf feeding and recording
  • Data can help you understand your calf as well as your 8 year old cows
  • Genomically test your calves before weaning
  • Genomics helps ensure accurate pedigrees
  • Weather station data and milk yields

Download Michelle and Tony's presentation


The Changing Face of Australian Dairy
Mick Keogh, Australian Farm Institute
Presentation covers:

  • Protein consumption increasing in developing nations and declining in wealthy ones
  • Dairy market globalisation
  • Factors impacting dairy farm risk
  • Career growth in off-farm services

Download Mick's presentation 



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