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WestVic Dairy's Young Dairy Network December Events

December is a busy month for WestVic Dairy’s YDN with several events planned. It is the perfect time to join in and learn more about our industry, whilst at the same time having some fun with like-minded dairy people.

Last week saw the YDN, in association with the Ecklin discussion group, hold a farm walk at the old Demo Dairy site which is now owned By Paul Moloney and is share-farmed with Liam Allan.

The day was a great success with over fifty people in attendance. A range of topics were discussed that covered all aspects of the farm business as well as future business plans. We would like to thank Paul and Liam for hosting the day and being so happy to answer the group’s questions.

Thanks also to Shaun Mahony of Stephens Pasture Seeds, who talked the group through the seed trial plots that are growing on the farm and to Danielle O’Keefe from Grass Growers, who spoke about potassium trials and summer crops.

The next event is on the evening of 12th December at the Noorat Footy club. It is a light hearted debate on the pros and cons of organic dairy farming opposed to conventional. Local farmers will represent each side of the debate, it is sure to provide some interesting talking points.

John Droppert, DA Senior Dairy Analyst, will be down on the 18th December to present the latest Situation and Outlook report as part of the Glenelg Dairy Discussion Group Christmas party which is held in association with the YDN. As well as John’s presentation there will be plenty of festive cheer with a visit from Santa and prizes to be won.

The next day, 19th December, John will be in Colac for a YDN lunch and will again present the Situation and Outlook report. Local farmer and WestVic Dairy Vice Chairman, Mark Billing, will host the lunch and discuss the up and coming events in our region.

For full details of these events or any other YDN queries, contact WestVic Dairy Extension Officer Heidi Van Es, on 0459 227 337.

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