Industry Engagement and Strategic Support
Gardiner Dairy Foundation strategically invests in projects and activities to encourage and support the engagement of people across the dairy value chain. Such engagement enables the sharing of knowledge and ideas and fosters strong relationships that can support individuals and industry groups in the good times and challenging times.
Through the Industry Engagement and Support program, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation funds Thought Leadership events to stimulate discussion, debate and envisioning on issues that are current or on the horizon for the dairy industry.
In February each year the Gardiner Dairy Foundation brings together Australia's key industry leaders for its annual Dairy Leaders Luncheon. The event provides dairy leaders the experience and knowledge that will allow us to build a vibrant dairy future.
Partner Organisation Dairy Australia
The milk price drop in April 2016 challenged the dairy community at all levels.
The industry needed to respond. As an independent and flexible supporter of the dairy industry, Gardiner Dairy Foundation were able to move quickly to be the first organisation to answer the call, by contributing $1.4m to the state-wide, collaborative industry response package that ultimately reached $11.4m.
Gardiner Dairy Foundations funding is making important programs including Taking Stock and Feeding Pasture for Profit accessible to all Victorian dairy farmers, helping facilitate the roll-out of Dairy Australia's Tactics for Tight Times, which is now well underway.
Of our total $1.4m contribution, $900k will help support Taking Stock. This allows Victorian dairy farmers to have a one-on-one consultation to work through a financial budget, as well as a feed budget, free of charge. This is critical information for making a plan to get through the season.
Gardiner Dairy Foundation is also contributing $280k to Feeding Pastures For Profit (FPFP) The FPFP course is not new. Indeed, 1400 farmers have taken part since it started in 2004. FPFP has been estimated to benefit farmers who participate by $43k per annum. Gardiner Dairy Foundation funding will support Victorian dairy farmers to participate, free of charge, in a one-day course and enable an update of the course material.
After what has been described as a crisis for dairy, milk companies have announced their prices for 2016/2017. Many dairy farmers are reviewing income projections and making plans to get through a season with tough terms of trade. We encourage all Victorian dairy farmers to use the industry tools available to them, and enrol for Taking Stock and FPFP.