Gardiner Dairy Foundation works collaboratively across the supply chain, providing an independent source of funds and flexibility of investment that other participants may not have.
We co-invest where practical to maximise the quantum and impact of our investments. Working cooperatively with other key funders of the Victorian dairy industry [Dairy Australia and Agriculture Victoria] allows us to maximise the outcomes and focus on initiatives that impact the key industry objectives of profitability, growth and sustainability.
Under the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Constitution, we address the needs of a range of stakeholders through industry improvement projects. Our strategic investments focus on five key areas, Pre and Post-Farm Gate Innovation, People, Industry Support and Community Development.
Gardiner Dairy Foundation seeks opportunities to collaborate with industry, leveraging resources and knowledge to maximise the impact for farmers and communities. We support projects that link research and development with adoption, to deliver real outcomes at farm, factory, consumer and community level. We also invest in current and emerging leaders through programs integrated across the dairy value chain.
Gardiner Dairy Foundation has the ability to be agile and flexible in its response to emerging priorities. For example, during the 2016 milk price drop, we responded quickly by providing support to Dairy Australia for the roll out of Taking Stock to Victorian dairy farmers as well as leading, developing and commissioning the Dairy Farmer Central website.
Innovation - or research, development and extension (RD&E) - within the Pre- and Post-farm Gate sectors account for 60% of our annual investment and aligns with the key priorities of the national industry RD&E strategy Dairy Moving Forward.
The framework, introduced in 2010, has become widely accepted as the basis for coordinated RD&E in the industry and has a clear role in driving efficiency, quality and collaboration. In line with the strategy, Gardiner Dairy Foundation has shifted toward a focus on fewer, larger integrated investments that address the industry agreed priorities. By investing a meaningful amount into a small number of well-targeted projects with a focus on outcomes for end users, we endeavour to create a strong legacy for the industry.