Post-farm Gate Innovation

Post-farm Gate innovation makes up one half of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s Innovation portfolio’s investment, informed by our Strategic Direction. Our approach is to invest a meaningful amount into a small number of well targeted projects.

Areas of support

Our funding supports development activities to improve productivity and profitability, Post-farm Gate.

Dairy manufacturers have articulated a need for attracting a higher number of technically skilled young people to consider a career in dairy. A majority of the desired skills fall within the discipline of engineering and information technology. The stimulation of interest among young engineers must be actively pursued to ensure that the industry has the skills and ability to compete in global markets.

Our investment approach

The Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI) is a significant component of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s Post-farm Gate RD&E investment strategy. The three month MITI program exposes high achieving graduate and post graduate students from Monash University to dairy industry real world challenges and gives the industry the benefit of bright young minds to design new solutions to their real-world challenges.

In 2015, the partnership between Monash University and industry received a BHERT Award for Outstanding Excellence in Collaboration.

For more information: 2016 MITI Project Posters, 2015 BHERT Awards

Current Projects 

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Research organisations, industry support organisations, manufacturers and processors and education providers.