Dairy research foundation symposium set to kick off at Bega on Wednesday

Dairy Connect, in partnership with Dairy NSW, and the NSW Farmers Association, is co-hosting an industry panel session during the Dairy Research Foundation Symposium to be held in Bega on Wednesday.

A top-level dairy industry expert panel will consist of agricultural opinion leaders from a diverse range of dairy entities, according to Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan today.

“Through the panel’s knowledge and understanding of the sector, it will provide an in-depth overview of dairy production challenges and opportunities in 2019-20,” he said.

“The session will also canvass ways and means by which panel members have remained positive and have achieved outcomes favorable to the business of dairying.

“A pro-active Q&A session will ensure that delegates have access to the best responses to issues and challenges confronting dairy production and regional communities that rely on dairying.”

A key-note speaker at the symposium will be NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Resources, Michael Johnsen, who is the State Member for Upper Hunter, home to world-class industries including wines, mines, equines and bovines. 

Michael started his work life as a dairy hand at Scone in NSW, before founding a small financial planning business.

Having served on the Upper Hunter Shire Council from 2008-15, including terms as Mayor from 2009-12, Michael was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly in 2015. 

Following the March 2019 NSW election, Michael was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Resources.

The industry panel will include Dr Helen Golder who graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, majoring in Livestock Science in 2008 and Honours in Animal Science in 2009 from the University of Adelaide.

Dr Golder joined respected industry consultancy Scibus as a research assistant in 2010 and undertook a PhD in Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. 

Helen also worked part time as an Associate Lecturer teaching cattle-handling at the University of Sydney from 2012-14.

Helen graduated in 2014 with six first author papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals from her thesis.

She was awarded the Veterinary Science Foundation PhD Excellence Award for her thesis which has increased understanding of ruminal acidosis in dairy cattle.

 Her research fields include ruminal acidosis, dairy nutrition, rumen bacteria and field studies.

 Fellow panelists include Dairy Research Foundation chair Michael Perich and University of Sydney Professor of Dairy Science Yani Garcia.  The session will be facilitated by Annabel Johnsen, Policy Director – Livetsock, NSW Farmers Association.

 The Dairy Research Foundation Symposium will be held on Wednesday 10 July at the Bega Valley Civic Centre in Zingel Place, Bega, with registrations opening at 9am for a 9.45am kick off.

Ashley Rootsey