Water will be a strong focus at the 2016 Australian Dairy Conference in Shepparton.
Held on February 16-18 at Eastbank Centre, Rochester dairy farmer and 2016 programming committee chair Tom Acocks said this year’s event was expected to attract 500 delegates and would feature a large variety of guest speakers, including Bega Cheese executive chairman Barry Irvin, investment bank Kidder Williams Ltd’s managing director David Williams, and Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority chief executive Chris Norman, among others.
Murray Dairy chair Rick Cross will talk about water being the lifeblood of the dairy industry.
There will also be a presentation about sustainable water use in northern Victoria to discuss the key issues that have shaped water policy and how it has led to changes in infrastructure, research, investment, the environment, regional planning and development.
Now in its 14th year, Mr Acocks said day two would give farmers the chance to visit farms including the O’Sullivan farms located in Mooroopna for practical learning around feed based decision-making in a hybrid system.
Farmers can also visit an Undera farm to learn about the latest in water innovation.
‘‘The farm visits give a lot of farmers some practical knowledge, and it’s something that we haven’t done in the past,’’ Mr Acocks said.
He said the conference this year would be heading back home to Shepparton to give each region a chance to be heard.
Early bird entries will receive a $220 discount when registered before January 15.
Tickets cost $660 for early bird entries, $880 for a farmer registration and $385 for farmer day registrations.
■To register, or for more information, visit www. australiandairyconference.com.au