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Scientists urged to apply for Dairy Science Travel Grants

Dairy Australia’s Dairy Science Travel Grants program is giving the nation’s aspiring dairy scientists the chance to learn more about the latest in global dairy research and development, with a $6,000 travel grant.

The program is open to scientists and service providers who are just starting to embark on their careers and will award the four winners grants to travel to Cincinnati, Ohio in the United States of America (USA), to attend in the world’s largest dairy conference.

Dairy Australia’s Farm Profit and Capability Group Manager, Peter Johnson said it was a unique opportunity for young scientists and those just starting their dairy careers, and strongly encouraged eligible candidates to apply.

“We know from former grant winners that exposure to some of the best minds in international dairy research has a positive impact on research and development in Australia,” Mr Johnson said.

Applicants must have a background in animal nutrition, animal health, animal welfare or genetics, to be eligible to be awarded a grant.

“These travel grants are a great investment in the long-term sustainability of the dairy industry and enable those fortunate enough to win a grant to build international professional networks and gain invaluable knowledge in their chosen field.

“Innovation and scientific advances are the key to keeping Australian dairy farms profitable and ensuring we remain competitive on the world stage,” Mr Johnson said.

One of last year’s grant winners, farm productivity consultant Mikaela Baker said it had greatly broadened her knowledge and experience of dairy.

Taking advantage of the program’s flexibility, Ms Baker attended the American Dairy Science Association Conference and spent time on farm in the USA, visiting both California and Tennessee.

“This meant I was given an opportunity to see first-hand how the knowledge I had gained at the conference applied in real-world farm situations, as well as ask questions of professionals working on the ground in my field.

“I would not hesitate to recommend the program to other scientists, as it is a chance for an international learning experience you won’t come across very often in dairy.

“I never thought I would be able to go to America and explore their dairy system, but through Dairy Australia’s program I was able to do just that, very early on in my career,” Ms Baker said.

Applicants can access the online application form and key selection criteria at www.dairyaustralia.com.au/dairygrant.

Applications close at 5pm on 12 April 2019 (AEST).

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