The Western Dairy Young Dairy Network runs a wide range of events from educational study tours to technical workshops and social evenings to help young farmers to grow and learn in a comfortable environment.
Western Young Dairy Network
The Western Dairy Young Dairy Network (YDN) was established to:
- Develop and build the capacity of young dairy farmers by improving their knowledge, skills, confidence and leadership abilities;
- Retain and attract young people to dairy through the communication and promotion of opportunities within the industry to young farmers and service providers;
- Develop dairy communities by building social networks and increasing the participation of young people in their communities; and
- Strengthen the network through enhancing the skills of the YDN coordinator.
The Western Dairy YDN runs a wide range of events from educational study tours to technical workshops to social evenings. A mix of both social and education events help young farmers to grow and learn in a comfortable environment. In the past we have run quiz nights, dinners, finance and genetics workshops, visited the Tasmania’s Dairy industry and much more.
To keep up to date with upcoming events you can join the YDN, it’s a no cost membership and you’ll be invited to a variety of events. The majority of events are free to attend.
The Western Dairy YDN operates out of the Western Dairy’s Bunbury office and is coordinated by Jessica Andony. Jessica divides her time between technical duties on several of Western Dairy’s research projects, a range of extension activities and the role of coordinating events for WA’s young dairy farmers. The Network has grown significantly under Jessica’s management and her ambition is to make sure every young person working on a dairy farm in WA joins the group.
“We have about 150 dairy farm businesses in WA so we’re a small community of farmers, but that doesn’t mean that everyone knows one another, as we are a very spread out region geographically."
Jessica is an advocate of study tours to make sure young people expand their ideas and networks by seeing how other dairy regions operate. She also works hard to overcome the cost hurdle of study tours by actively seeking sponsorship to help alleviate the cost.
“The formation of the Young Dairy Network with the support from Dairy Australia has meant that we have been able to bring our young farmers together. Having an interesting range of YDN activities to choose from means we are well placed to reach out to everyone.”
Contact the Western Dairy YDN Regional Coordinator:
Don't forget to join the Western Dairy YDN Facebook group.