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Cows Create Careers program forges Goulburn Valley teenager’s future

Fifteen-year-old Darby McClaren was inspired by the Cows Create Careers program to pursue a career with cattle and already has practical dairy experience under his belt as he studies towards his goal. “We did Cows Create Careers for three years...

Our Farm, Our Plan puts father and son ‘on the same page’

Father and son dairy farmers John and Harrison Keely are confidently “on the same page” about the future of their expanding enterprise in northern Victoria. The fifth and sixth-generation Cohuna farmers first participated in the precursor program to Our Farm,...

What next for Gippsland dairy vet?

Matt DeCicco has seen the difference he can make as a vet. Now he’s planning to take his expertise to the next level. His current work on Gippsland dairy farms already fulfils a life-long ambition, but Matt thinks there’s more...

Our Farm, Our Plan lets family ‘enjoy the journey’

Gippsland dairy farmers Mike and Sarah O’Brien know day-to-day farm life can distract from progressing the “ideas swirling around” in your head. For this reason, they are happy to have created clarity and direction for their goals through participating in...

Opportunities for mentors and mentees

Gardiner Foundation is embarking on new leadership projects in 2022 and planning is well underway. The new projects are early initiatives to come from the Dairy Industry Leadership Strategy, launched nationally in August this year. We have secured a partnership...

Tertiary scholarship opens the door to agronomy for Gippsland student

A Gardiner Dairy Foundation Tertiary Scholarship led to East Gippslander Carley Einsiedel  becoming an agronomist and has opened many doors along the way. Not only did the scholarship give Carley the financial support to study when drought was severely impacting...

Gardiner Dairy Foundation tertiary scholarships applications open for 2022

Students from Victorian dairy communities who plan to start their tertiary studies in 2022 can now apply for a Gardiner Dairy Foundation scholarship. Gardiner Dairy Foundation is offering seven tertiary scholarships to students starting full-time study in 2022. Each scholarship...

Gardiner Dairy Foundation appoints new Chief Executive

Gardiner Dairy Foundation has announced the appointment of Allan Cameron as its new Chief Executive Officer to replace outgoing CEO, Dr Clive Noble. Mr Cameron is currently Executive Officer of GippsDairy, the Dairy Australia Regional Development Program serving the Gippsland...

Simpson farmers U-turn from dairy exit plan

Two years ago, Simpson dairy farmers Craig and Sophie Bennett were making plans to leave the industry; today they have plans in place for a long-term future in dairying. The turnaround has been inspired by Dairy Australia’s Our Farm, Our...

Victorian scientists looking at cows’ environmental footprint

A $55 million Victorian project will look at the environmental footprint of the Australian cow. Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas has launched the second phase of DairyBio21-26. Ms Thomas said the five-year research partnership between industry and government aimed to address...

Study tour cements Jake’s dairy ambitions

Jake Seuren has just turned 21 and already manages a leased farm at Lang Lang in Gippsland and runs a contracting business boasting gear worth more than half-a-million dollars. But Jake doesn’t plan to stop there. He is a young...

Legendary sportsman and leader, John Bertrand AO, to launch Dairy leadership plan

John Bertrand AO, legendary Australian sportsman, business leader and skipper of America’s Cup winning yacht, Australia II, will launch the dairy industry’s new leadership strategy at a nationwide webinar today. Following his record-breaking victory in 1983, John Bertrand AO has...

DairyBio’s cow and forage innovation lifts farm profit

A farmer might not see the DairyBio logo on anything on their farm, but the bioscience it's delivered has been helping boost their profitability. In the past five years, that biological science has been delivered to the farm through commercial...

Professional development opportunity for Victorian dairy farmers

Victorian dairy farmers aiming for professional development can now apply for a Gardiner Dairy Foundation scholarship to enter the prestigious 2022 Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP). “The ARLP scholarship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that immerses participants in a series of...

Legendary sportsman and leader, John Bertrand AO, to launch Dairy leadership strategy

John Bertrand AO, legendary Australian sportsman, leader and skipper of America’s Cup winning yacht, Australia II, will launch the dairy industry’s new leadership strategy at a webinar on Wednesday 4 August 2021. John Bertrand AO is a leader and innovator in...

Nuffield scholarship helps to build a resilient dairy business

South Gippsland dairy farmer Graeme Nicoll has learnt a lot about resilience in his 25 years in the industry. Graeme, who farms in partnership with his wife Gillian at Fish Creek, has had good times and tough seasons but is...

Victorian Dairy Communities share in over $130,000 in grant funding

Thirty projects from across Victoria's three main dairy regions will share in $131,188 in grant funding to help build community capacity to deal with local issues and enhance existing community infrastructure. Now in its 19th year, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation...

Melbourne student helps dairy industry address water issues

Monash university student Tom Stevenson has been playing an important role in improving the Victorian dairy industry’s use of wastewater. As part of the Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI) Dairy Program, Tom has helped both Burra Foods and Agriculture Victoria...

Leadership Lessons from Antarctic Expedition Leader

Leading a team of 18 on an Australian Antarctic station through the depths of winter helped Rachael Robertson hone her leadership skills. Respect, integrity and looking out for your teammates were some of the keys to ensuring the team survived...

Leadership course gives Jon a new outlook on life

From hearing a child’s reflection on hope that emerged from the East Gippsland fires to observing his employer’s determination to keep their employees safe from COVID, has led Jon Webb to take a different perspective on life. Jon, who works...

Farm Fitness Checklist’ targets improved dairy farm business performance

A new tool is helping dairy farmers assess future business performance. Dairy Australia has launched an online self-assessment tool to help dairy farmers evaluate their farm business performance. The new Farm Fitness Checklist is part of Dairy Australia’s flagship farm...

Young dairy farmer has always volunteered in his community

Dairy farmers are the lifeblood of local communities, giving their time and energy to support everything from agricultural societies to volunteer fire brigades. Jason Smith is often the youngest member of community groups, but he looks at that as a...

Developing community leaders for times of need

A new leadership training course seeks to develop leaders who will be available to north east Victoria communities in times of need, such as the 2019-20 bushfires and supporting climate change adaptation. The eight-day program will be delivered by the...

Paying it forward to his local community

Australia’s dairy farmers help to feed the world. Many of them also spend their spare time working in their local communities. Koondrook dairy farmer Steve Thomas has enjoyed a bird’s eye view of his children’s sporting careers. As coach, runner,...

Visiting dairy community grant recipients

In early February, Gardiner Dairy Foundation joined the Foundation for Rural and Regional renewal (FRRR) to deliver workshops on how to successfully apply for community grants. We visited the communities of Warragul, Colac and Tallangatta. Whilst in the regions, we...

Leadership course gives dairy farmer confidence to step up

As dairy farm numbers decline, leadership program graduate Roisin Powles believes it’s more important than ever that farmers have confidence to step up into leadership roles. Roisin, from Gillieston near Tatura, has had her confidence boosted after completing the Fairley...

Community contribution comes naturally to Northern Victoria dairy farmer

From scouts to agricultural societies and from local councils to football clubs, dairy farmers are an integral part of their local communities. Strathmerton dairy farmer Andrew Wilson will do anything for his local community – even pulling on football boots...

Partner-up with Pasture Smarts

Efficient utilisation of pasture on-farm is one of the keys to farm profitability, but accurate measurement is an ongoing challenge. The Pasture Smarts project team is looking for Victorian dairy farmers to test their technology and help design a pasture...

Farmer engagement key to profitability for Australia’s dairy industry

Australia’s dairy farmers need to be continually embracing educational opportunities to better adapt to industry challenges and drive future growth and profitability. That’s according to 2018 Nuffield Scholar and Victorian dairy farmer, Shannon Notter, who with support from the Gardiner...

Creating a vibrant community for future generations

Dairy farmers are the lifeblood of local communities, giving their time and energy to support everything from agricultural societies to volunteer fire brigades. Dave Weel wants the Simpson community to stay vibrant for future generations and is doing his bit...

Gardiner Dairy Foundation awards seven tertiary scholarships to regional Victorian students

Seven Tertiary Scholarships have been awarded to students from Victorian dairy regions who are commencing their first year of tertiary study in 2021. The 2021 Gardiner Dairy Foundation Tertiary Scholars are: Grace Billington, Warrnambool (Bill Pyle scholarship); Toby Fleming, Boorcan...

Community Grants now open to Victorian dairy communities

Up to $5,000 available, plus free grantseeker workshops Gardiner Dairy Foundation, in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), is inviting community organisations in Victorian dairy regions – Gippsland, northern Victoria and south-west Victoria - to apply...

A career in dairy farming? “Not in my wildest dreams”

When enrolled nurse Angela Dunstone moved from Canberra to her partner’s hometown Albury, not in her wildest dreams did she imagine changing her career to the dairy industry. After four years of shift work at an Albury aged care facility,...

Gardiner Dairy Foundation presents our year in review and a look forward

Gardiner Dairy Foundation introduced newly appointed chair Dr Len Stephens at the ‘2020 year in review and a look forward’ at which we also farewelled outgoing chair, Dr Bruce Kefford. A discussion followed with leaders making changes for the better...

Gardiner Foundation intern sets her sights on the dairy industry

Rachel Lee had never set foot on a dairy farm, nor knew anything about the industry, when she started her six-year double degree in pharmaceutical science and chemical engineering at Monash University. “I actually wanted to go into make-up and...

City doctor eyes a return to rural roots

Lima South near Benalla has a community hall, a fire station, several farms and not much else, but for Dr Hayden Jones working there would be a breath of fresh air. In 2013 Hayden received a Gardiner Dairy Foundation Tertiary...

Accidental career in dairy

Jess Dempster left school after Year 11 with her sights set on a long career in the local abattoir at Cobram. She was following in the footsteps of her mother and father, who also both worked there. But after three...

Nuffield scholar to explore global welfare standards in dairy

Lucy Collins from Dixie, South-West Victoria, has been selected as the Gardiner Dairy Foundation supported Nuffield Scholar for 2021. Through her research, Lucy will investigate the value of dairy welfare benchmarking and opportunities for marketing Australian dairy products with an...

Gardiner tertiary scholarships open for students from dairy communities

Students from Victoria’s dairying communities who plan to start tertiary studies in 2021 can now apply for Gardiner Dairy Foundation scholarships worth $30,000. Gardiner Dairy Foundation is offering seven tertiary scholarships to students starting full-time study in 2021. Each scholarship...

Gardiner Dairy Foundation welcomes new chair

Gardiner Dairy Foundation has appointed Dr Len Stephens as the new Chair of the organisation, effective from 15 October, 2020. In announcing the appointment, outgoing Chair, Dr Bruce Kefford said, “I am delighted to welcome Dr Stephens to role of...

Dairy organisations launch bold plan to transform industry

The Australian Dairy Plan launched today aims to drive a significant turnaround in the industry's outlook via a range of bold initiatives targeting increased profitability, confidence and unity over the next five years and beyond. It is the first time...

Finally, Mitchell’s dream becomes reality

Veterinary graduate Mitchell Dodds is on a steep learning curve during his first calving season. 2020 marks the beginning of the career Mitchell has aspired to since primary school. He was the inaugural recipient of the Jakob Malmo Gardiner Foundation...

Planting seeds of possibility

Suzie Jacobs is passionate about helping her dairy community create a positive narrative for the future. Living the last 10 years in Ballendella, near Lockington in northern Victoria, Suzie wants to “plant the seeds of possibility” to enable the community...

Better not bigger: lessons in leadership

Dixie dairy farmer Brad Collins wants to hear more farming voices in community leadership roles. In 2019 Brad participated in Leadership Great South Coast, a community leadership program that gave him an opportunity to develop his leadership skills. He was...

Secure career opportunities in the dairy industry

“I’m paid a reasonable wage; I get free accommodation and I can save money. Most people my age working in hospitality in the city can’t save any money after they pay rent,” says Jessie Weaver who is a dairy supervisor...

Leadership needs diverse perspectives

Joy Coulson thinks it is vitally important that people with a range of job titles, from varying backgrounds and with differing personalities pursue leadership roles. “Our dairy industry needs industry-experienced people from many and varied backgrounds to bring their unique...

Never a dull moment at Ellinbank

Norman King enjoys the fact he gets to do a bit of everything working in dairy operations at the Ellinbank Research Farm in Gippsland. Apart from daily milking of the 400+ seasonal calving herd, his tasks ranged from feeding and...

Keeping research talent in dairy

A key challenge of agricultural research is how to recruit and retain talented people - which is vitally important to drive the productivity gains that are necessary to keep the Australian dairy industry competitive and profitable. DairyBio and DairyFeedbase collaborative...

Better financing models to get new blood into dairying

Damian Murphy wanted to know which countries are leading the way in young farmer financing and what we need to change to do it better in Australia. As the 2012 Gardiner Dairy Foundation Nuffield Scholar, the Dumbalk North dairy farmer...

Leadership journey with evolving style

One of the great surprises of Stuart Crosthwaite’s Melbourne university years was being elected president of his hometown cricket club in north-east Victoria. As a dairy farming teenager “too shy to put his hand up in class”, Stuart had no...

Dairy communities receive over $120,000 in grants

The Working in Dairy Communities (WIDC) Small Grants program, which is run in a partnership between the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and Gardiner Dairy Foundation, has awarded $121,584 in grants to support 26 projects in Victoria's three...

From ‘townie’ to farming

“I’ve been very lucky all the way along to have really good employers,” says Gippsland dairy farmer, Katherine Byrne. “As an outsider, they have all been very good at teaching me and encouraging me to gain knowledge.” Growing up as...

Making his way in dairy

How do you get into the dairy industry if you’re not from a dairy farming family? Peter Kerr grew up in suburban Melbourne and had family friends in dairy farming. He spent holidays and other free time on the farm....

Strathmerton dairy farmer enlightened through leadership

Strathmerton dairy farmer Greg Brooks likes to look beyond the farmgate and stand up for his industry. Greg feels he has a better understanding of the world around him and his own community after completing the Fairley Leadership Program in...

Starting out in a dairy career

There are many ways to start out in dairying and so many different career opportunities. Cate Jago, from Bessibelle in SW Victoria, lived next door to a dairy farm when she was growing up. At first she hung around the...

Feedback on draft Dairy Plan and next steps

Dear Dairy Industry Stakeholder, Today we have published a short summary of industry feedback on the draft Australian Dairy Plan. This document outlines themes and ideas in 19 items of feedback received from individuals and organisations prior to consultation closing on...

Why invest in leadership for the dairy industry?

Why invest in leadership? Firstly, when we talk about leadership we are not talking just about people who take on formal roles as leaders, but about a certain way of behaving that involves cooperation, collaboration, sharing, being open to others...

New traits for genetic improvement

The DairyBio Animal Program is targeting an additional value of $350 per cow per year in Australian dairy herds through genetic improvement, lower costs by enabling selection for health traits and developing improved breeding management tools. Genetic improvement for traits...

Australia’s dairy innovation framework

Dairy Australia is one of a network of industry partners who invest in dairy research and innovation to deliver transformational herd and forage productivity gains for Australian dairy farmers. The two main research and innovation programs that Dairy Australia invests...

Why does the dairy industry invest in herd improvement?

Dairy Australia has an important role in innovation in the dairy industry on behalf of the 5500 dairy farmers across Australia. Collaborating with industry partners such as the Gardiner Foundation, Agriculture Victoria and others, Dairy Australia ensures the maximum value...

Why difficult conversations matter: dairy lunch told (2020)

Carlene Dowie @DowieDairyEd Difficult conversations are a critical for industries and people to grow, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Australian Dairy Leaders Luncheon earlier this year was told. Leadership specialist Anneli Blundell challenged those at the luncheon to not shy away...

Knowledge is power for Victorian dairy farmer

Dairy farmer Con Glennen believes there is no such thing as the perfect cow but he wants to take advantage of all the genomic advantages that DairyBio research can deliver. Mr Glennen with wife Michelle and two sons farms at...

Leaving the ocean to find a new way of life in dairy

Growing up in Ocean Grove, Audrey Kottek knew very little about Australia’s dairy industry and certainly had no inkling of working in it. Today, Audrey has exchanged the sandy beaches of the tourist town for the rolling hills of Korumburra...

Forage Value Index worth investigating for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers who have chosen to renovate perennial pastures this autumn are encouraged to use Dairy Australia's Forage Value Index (FVI) to select the right ryegrass for their farm and ensure they are making the best decisions for the year...

Pandemic training reignites passion for biosecurity

In November 2019, with support from Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Amabel Grinter travelled to Nepal for an Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) training program with the European Commission for the control of Foot and Mouth Disease (a division of the Food...

DairyBio finding pasture and animal solutions

Helping dairy farmers to produce more fertile, productive and healthy herds is the impetus behind DairyBio, a $60 million bio-science innovation initiative of Dairy Australia, the Victorian government and the Gardiner Foundation. The DairyBio team works in purpose-built facilities at...

Community Grants Project Visits

In early February, Gardiner Dairy Foundation joined the Foundation for Rural and Regional renewal (FRRR) to deliver workshops on how to successfully apply for community grants. We visited the communities of Foster, Peterborough and Numurkah. Whilst in the regions, we...

Dairy Leaders Lunch Panel Presentation (2020)

We were delighted to welcome Gardiner Nuffield Scholar for 2017, Brendan Hehir, to participate in the Project Presentations at the 2020 Dairy Leaders Luncheon. Brendan manages the family farm at Wyuna in Northern Victoria. Brendan’s study topic was international business...

Critical Conversations: Mastering the art of a difficult conversation (2020)

More than 100 dairy people of all ages and occupations came together on 19 February for the annual Gardiner Foundation Dairy Leaders Luncheon at Collins Events Centre. Keynote speaker, Anneli Blundell, got straight to the heart of the matter confronting...

Ross Anderson

Ross Anderson receive the Gardiner Foundation ARLP scholarship and will participate in Course 27 commencing in June. Ross is a dairy farmer/share farmer at Anderlea Pastoral Company in Victoria, a Director of Gippsdairy Board and Chairman of HICO Australia. For...

Leading the way for Mitta Valley farmers

Laura Sutherland loved the freedom of growing up on a dairy farm and wants to give her children the same experience. Laura was raised on a family dairy farm and now lives on the runoff property, five minutes from the...

Program to help farmers achieve long-term goals

A new program from Dairy Australia is helping dairy farmers to document their long-term goals on a single page and put plans in place to achieve them. 'Our Farm, Our Plan' has been developed by Dairy Australia with support from...

Seven exceptional rural students receive Gardiner Dairy Foundation tertiary scholarships

Seven Tertiary Scholarships have been awarded to students from each of the major Victorian dairy regions who are commencing their first year of tertiary study in 2020. These students have demonstrated sound academic achievement, a commitment to further study and...

New national body recommended for the Australian dairy industry

In its report published today on options for reform of dairy industry structures, the Joint Transition Team (JTT) of the Australian Dairy Plan has recommended the creation of a single, new whole of industry national dairy organisation. The proposed national...

Grants to support Victorian dairy communities

Gardiner Dairy Foundation is once again partnering with FRRR to offer grants of up to $5,000 to not-for-profit groups to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities in Gippsland, Northern Victoria and South West Victoria with a total funding pool of $120,000....

Shepparton scholarship recipient inspires young achievers

Despite growing up in Melbourne, a career in agriculture was always on the cards for Shepparton’s Harriet Bawden who hopes to inspire others to follow her footsteps. Harriet’s parents had a hobby farm near Colac, her uncle was a farmer...

Draft Australian Dairy Plan

For the first time, the key dairy organisations representing the whole industry supply chain have come together to form a single national plan with an agreed vision for success, commitments and initiatives. It is based on one of the largest...

Predicting fertility of dairy cows a game changer

Agriculture Victoria research scientists have developed a model that can predict how likely a dairy cow is to conceive to first insemination with up to 77 per cent accuracy. The world-first research combines mid-infrared spectroscopy (MIR), which shines an infrared...

Gardiner scholarship keeps Hannah in touch with dairy and home

Hannah Thorson has gone to the city to learn more about agriculture but her heart remains in Gippsland. Thanks to receiving Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s 2017 Bill Pyle Tertiary Scholarship to support her Bachelor of Agricultural Science study at La Trobe...

Keeping a lid on costs in good times and bad

Whether the dairy industry is looking good, bad or ugly, northern Victorian farmer Brendan Hehir says his Nuffield Scholarship has given him sage advice on protecting profits and keeping a lid on costs. The scholarship has given Brendan an insight...

Tertiary scholarships applications open for students in dairy communities

Gardiner Dairy Foundation is offering up to seven tertiary scholarships for students commencing full time study in 2020 in a field which will benefit dairy communities. Each scholarship is valued at $10,000 per annum for up to three years. In...

Leongatha farmer says it’s time to speak out

Leongatha South dairy farmer Benjamin Vagg says it’s time for farmers to speak out and show the world what they have to offer. Benjamin, who has recently taken on a senior role with the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria, says the...

Gardiner scholarship opens Wade’s eyes to the world of agriculture

A career in agriculture was always on the cards for Wade Ivone who grew up in the small northern Victorian town of Whorouly but knew there was a lot more to the world of agriculture. Thanks to a Gardiner Dairy...

Fourth-generation farmer learns from Kiwis

Fourth-generation Stanhope dairy farmer Craig Emmett knows a lot about farming but a study tour to New Zealand proved there’s still more to learn. Craig returned from the Gardiner Foundation sponsored tour in 2018 with a better appreciation of the...

Gardiner leadership program creates new opportunities

A new cubbyhouse being built at the Dookie Children’s Centre will stand as a monument to John Geddes’ success in the Fairley Leadership program. Sponsored by Gardiner Dairy Foundation to participate in the program, John says it has opened his...

Opportunity to contribute to the future of dairy

Gardiner Dairy Foundation is offering up to eight fully funded places in the 2020 Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program (VRCLP). The VRCLP is an opportunity for people who want to expand their contribution to the Victorian dairy industry and dairy...

Rhonda takes on ‘lifelong leadership’

Rhonda Henry believes leadership growth is a lifelong journey. As an experienced leader in her profession, the mother of three adult children had reached a life stage where she wanted to broaden her community contribution. In 2017 the Warrnambool agri-business...

Woolsthorpe dairy farmer moves ahead with Gardiner tertiary scholarship

Moving 700 kilometres from Woolsthorpe to Wagga Wagga has been like moving to another planet for dairy farmer Matthew Roache. With support from a Gardiner Dairy Foundation tertiary scholarship, Matthew is in the third year of his Bachelor of Agriculture...

Leadership program helps Denison dairy leader prepare for “what lies ahead”

Ronnie Hibma has already shown he can jump when opportunities come along. Twelve years ago, Ronnie started his Nexus Herd Development business; six years ago he bought a dairy farm at Denison and last year he added a nearby cropping...

Over $120,000 in grant funding awarded to Victorian Dairy Communities

11 July 2019: Twenty-six projects in Victoria's three dairy regions will share in $120,326 in grant funding from the Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program, run in partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal....

ARLP A Life-Changing Experience For Gippsland Dairy Farmer

Gippsland dairy farmer Lauren Finger was told that if she was going to apply for one leadership program, Australian Rural Leadership Program should be it. As Lauren nears completion of the 15-month program, that advice has proven to be spot...

City Graduate Learns To Love Dairy Country

A few years ago, Peter Brennan’s experience of country Victoria started and ended with a visit to Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill. As for the dairy industry, he knew it involved cows and milk but that’s about all. Today, the Monash University...

Scholarship Opens Eyes To World Dairy Issues

Shannon Notter farms in a picturesque valley of the Otways at Carlisle River but a Nuffield Scholarship has opened her eyes to the bigger picture of dairy farming around the world. Shannon’s Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation...

Australian dairy plan publishes report on current state of dairy industry

A new report on the state of Australia’s dairy sector lays bare the impact of several tough years on the industry and the necessity for it to pull together in developing the Australian Dairy Plan. The report Australian Dairy Situation...

Fresh insights for young dairy professionals

Two south-west Victorian dairy farmers gained fresh insights into how their New Zealand counterparts are tackling production and environmental issues during a recent study tour. Grassmere’s Majella Ryan and Dixie’s Tom Stuart were among seven young dairy professionals to take...

Gardiner graduate inspires young farm leaders

Northern Victorian agriculture educator Leon Carter doesn’t just want students to become good farm workers; he wants to inspire them to be community leaders. Leon was sponsored by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation to participate in the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership...

New Perspectives From Nuffield Experience

Listening to a podcast while he milks 450 cows each day is one way Gippsland dairy farmer Aubrey Pellett stays connected to the world of ideas he experienced first-hand through the Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship. “When you travel through 15...

Cohuna Dairy Farmer Discovers His Leadership Potential

Cohuna dairy farmer John Keely was always happy to help local farming and football organisations, but never really considered himself leadership material. However, three years after being sponsored by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation to complete his Nuffield scholarship, the recently...

Applications Open For 2020 Nuffield Scholarship

Aspiring Victorian dairy leaders are being encouraged to make their mark in the industry by applying for the Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s 2020 Nuffield Scholarship. Applications are now open for the program’s 2020 intake, giving Victorian dairy farmers an opportunity to...

Dairy Needs Courageous Leadership (2019)

Australia's dairy industry leaders have been exhorted to step outside their comfort zone and be courageous to help tackle the industry's problems. Global leadership expert and author Margie Warrell draws on her background growing up as one of seven children...

Gardiner Dairy Foundation Awards Seven Tertiary Scholarships To Students From Victorian Regions

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation has increased the number Tertiary Scholarships it awards annually from four to seven. Three new scholarships in honour of the late Niel Black have been awarded to students in each of the major Victorian dairy regions....

South West Dairy Leader Aims To Break Silo Mentality

Lauren Peterson hopes her new leadership skills will help her to break the silo mentality that invades dairy farms and communities across south-west Victoria. Lauren received one of ten Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program (VRCLP) scholarships, sponsored by the Gardiner...

Grants on offer for Victorian dairy communities Up to $5000 available, plus free grant-seeker workshops

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is offering grants of up to $5,000 to not-for-profit groups to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities in Gippsland, Northern Victoria and South West Victoria. The Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s “Working in Dairy Communities” Small Grants program, which...

Looking In From The Outside Boosts Creative Thinking

Alice Colclough describes leaving her banking job to become a dairy farmer as a “baptism of fire”. Little did she know five years ago that a fast-tracked succession plan was barely the beginning of the challenges she and husband Justin...

Leading Change With A Healthy Dash Of Kindness

In life’s big and unassuming moments, Sallie Jones thrives on creating positive change with kindness. From fostering community pride to empowering rural women, and inspiring dairy farmers to nurture their mental health, Sallie’s generosity of spirit anchors her personal life...

Seven Future Dairy Leaders To Embark On Nz Study Tour

Seven of Victoria’s up and coming dairy leaders have been selected to participate in the 2019 New Zealand (NZ) Study Tour, organised by the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) and funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation. The successful applicants for...

Dairy To Join Forces To Set Industry Agenda

The dairy industry will come together to define the future of Australian dairy through the development of a collective Australian Dairy Plan, it was announced by industry leaders in Melbourne today. The official launch at the 2018 Industry Leaders’ Breakfast,...

Inspired to do more through community leadership

Allansford resident Peter Gaffy wants to use his leadership experience to get more hands on in his local community, and inspire others to do the same. Peter was a recipient of one of six Victoria Regional Community Leadership Program (VRCLP)...

More Tertiary Scholarships For Students In Dairy Communities

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is inviting rural students in dairy communities to apply for 2019 Tertiary Scholarships. Seven scholarships are available for students commencing study in a field that will contribute to the Victorian dairy industry or dairy communities. Each...

Study Tour An Opportunity To Explore NZ Dairy

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 New Zealand (NZ) Study Tour are now open. Over the eight-day tour, young Victorian dairy industry representatives will immerse themselves in the NZ dairy industry. The tour...

Call For Future Dairy Community Leaders

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation, in partnership with the Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program (VRCLP), is calling for aspiring dairy leaders to apply for its 2019 VRCLP scholarships. Gardiner Dairy Foundation is offering up to 10 fully funded scholarships to eligible...

Five Dairy Farmers Take On Scholarships

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation has awarded five scholarships to provide Victorian dairy farmers with business management and leadership development opportunities. The scholarships are funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation in partnership with Victorian Dairy Industry Regional Development Programs. They offer...

Gardiner Scholarship Available For Arlp

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation continues to support the development of people and communities by investing in leadership programs that strengthen the dairy industry. Applications are currently open for the 2019 Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP), with aspiring dairy leaders encouraged...

Victorian Dairy Community Groups Receive Grants

16 July 2018: The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) on Friday, announced that 27 Victorian dairy community groups have been awarded funds, as part of the 2018 Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants Program....

Applications Open For 2019 Nuffield Scholarship

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation encourages aspiring Victorian dairy leaders to apply for its Nuffield Scholarship with applications now open for the program’s 2019 intake. Applications to the scholarship are open to Victorian dairy producers, who are interested in studying cutting-edge...

Gardiner Dairy Foundation Continues Its Support Of The Highly Successful Miti Program

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation continues to demonstrate its commitment to a long-term future for the dairy industry through its ongoing support of the Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI) Program. The MITI Program partners multi-disciplinary Monash University student teams with leading...

Leadership Opportunities Awarded To Strengthen Dairy Communities

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation has granted six Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program (VRCLP) scholarships that aim to nurture and empower leadership opportunities within regional dairy communities. The VRCLP enhances leadership skills and provides unparalleled training and skill development to emerging industry...

Tertiary Scholarships Awarded To Dedicated Applicants

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is pleased to announce four Tertiary Scholarships have been awarded to students undertaking study in 2018. Jessica Mattern of Tarraville, Madison Gallagher of Heyfield, Georgia Luckin of Heywood and Caitlyn Hocking of Dingee were selected as...

Gardiner Dairy Foundation Seeks Driven Dairy Farmers For Farm Business Management Scholarships

Applications are now open for the 2018 Farm Business Management (FBM) Program scholarships, with the Gardiner Dairy Foundation urging driven Victorian dairy farmers to apply. Now in its fourth consecutive year, the FBM Program is a joint collaboration between the...

Annual Dairy Leaders Luncheon Explores Global Trade (2018)

Australia’s key industry representatives come together this Thursday, 1 February for the Gardiner Dairy Foundation annual Dairy Leaders Luncheon. International keynote speaker Michael Every, Head of Financial Markets Research Asia-Pacific, Rabobank will share his insights with a unique and engaging...

Gardiner Dairy Foundation Offers Grants To Victorian Dairy Communities

$100,000 AVAILABLE, PLUS FREE GRANT-SEEKER WORKSHOPS 29 January 2018: The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) are inviting applications for the 2018 Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program. Now in its 16th year,...

Dairy Leaders Power Ahead At The 2017 ADLA Summit

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation welcomed industry leaders from across the nation to the fifth annual Australian Dairy Leadership Alumni (ADLA) Summit, which commenced in Melbourne today. The ADLA Summit is a joint initiative of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Dairy Australia...

Life Changing Opportunity For Seven Future Dairy Leaders

Seven of Victoria’s up and coming dairy leaders have been selected to participate in the 2018 New Zealand (NZ) Study Tour, as organised by the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) and funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation. The successful applicants...

René Dedoncker Joins Gardiner Foundation Board

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation has welcomed the board appointment of Mr René Dedoncker, Managing Director of Fonterra Australia. Mr Dedoncker will draw on his extensive experience at Fonterra as he joins the Gardiner Board in a manufacturer representative capacity, replacing...

Tertiary Scholarships Available For Rural Students

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is calling upon aspiring students from dairy communities to apply for 2018 Tertiary Scholarships. Four scholarships, of $10,000 per annum for two years, will be provided to students commencing study at university or TAFE in 2018,...

Nuffield Scholar Announced

Gardiner Dairy Foundation is proud to announce that Shannon Notter of Carlisle River has been named as the Gardiner funded 2018 Nuffield Scholar. The Nuffield Scholarship will enable Shannon to explore her chosen area of study, with an emphasis on...

Aspiring Dairy Leaders To Apply For NZ Study Tour

Gardiner Dairy Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2018 New Zealand (NZ) Study Tour. The eight-day tour will provide young dairy farmers with the opportunity to gain a strategic understanding of the NZ dairy...

Emerging Dairy Leaders Encouraged To Apply For Leadership Scholarships

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation, in partnership with the Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program (VRCLP), is pleased to announce that applications are now being sought for the 2018 VRCLP scholarships. Gardiner funds 10 VRCLP scholarships for dairy farmers and industry stakeholders...

Miti Nationally Recognised In Higher Education Awards

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s involvement with the Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI), on behalf of the Australian Dairy Industry, has been nationally recognised at the Australian Financial Review (AFR) Higher Education Awards in the Industry Engagement category. Monash University won...

Dairy Industry Enriched Through Farm Business Management Scholarships

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation has awarded eight scholarships as part of its flagship Farm Business Management Program (FBMP), which aims to develop the business management and leadership skills of Victorian dairy farmers. The FBMP is managed and fully funded by...

The Gardiner Foundation Farewells CEO

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation would like to announce that Mary Harney will be stepping down from her role as Chief Executive in October. Since being appointed to the role in 2012, Mary has been the driving force behind numerous landmark...

Victorian dairy communities share $100,000 in grants to build stronger local communities

6 July, 2017: The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced that 24 recipients will share $100,000 from the 2017Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants Program. The Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants...

Dairy Industry Combats Skills Gap & Tertiary Students Provided Invaluable Experience Via University Collaboration

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation has joined forces with Monash University to combat a skills gap in the dairy industry through the Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI) by partnering multidisciplinary student teams with leading dairy manufacturing companies to solve research and...

Invaluable Leadership Opportunities Provided To Dairy Farmers And Service Providers

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation has granted seven Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program (VRCLP) scholarships to emerging industry leaders across the state’s three major dairy regions. The program encompasses a vibrant mix of scholars who will undertake professional development courses supported...

Students Granted Scholarships For Higher Education

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is delighted to announce that four Tertiary Scholarships have been awarded to students undertaking study in 2017. The Gardiner Dairy Foundation strongly supports higher education, and through the Tertiary Scholarships program, provides assistance to young people...

Global Experts Provide Thought Leadership

Reinforcing a commitment to championing thought leadership, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation is hosting two world - leading animal science and research experts this week to provide compelling insights for the Australian dairy industry. Delegates at the Herd 17 conference in...

Dairy Leaders Luncheon To Question Role Of Technology (2017)

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation will bring together Australia’s key industry players for its annual Dairy Leaders Luncheon this Thursday, 2 March to explore the theme “Riding the exponential wave of change”. Committed to fostering thought leadership, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation...

Driven Dairy Farmers Called On To Apply For Scholarships

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is calling for Victorian dairy farmers to apply for Farm Business Management Program (FBMP) scholarships, which are now open until Friday, 10 March 2017. Now in the third consecutive year, the FBMP is a joint collaboration...

FRRR & Gardiner Dairy Foundation Open 15TH Round Of Small Grants Program

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced the Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants Program is now open. The program offers grants of up to $5,000 to not-for-profit community groups to go...

Mike Carroll Leaves A Lasting Legacy To The Gardiner Dairy Foundation And Dairy Industry

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation wishes to announce the departure of long-serving Board Member and Chair of the Finance, Investment and Audit Committee, Mike Carroll, after serving on the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board for the past six years. Mike has more...

Successful Applicants Announced For 2017 New Zealand Study Tour

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) are delighted to announce the successful six applicants who have been selected to take part in the 2017 New Zealand Study Tour. The selected candidates represent the key dairying regions...

Australian Dairy Leaders Unite To Address Global Megatrends

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation will bring together the country’s industry leaders for the Australian Dairy Leadership Alumni (ADLA) Summit, an immersive two-day meeting in Melbourne focusing on global megatrends and setting a path to adapt to future challenges. The fourth annual ADLA...

Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s Tertiary Scholarships Applications Closing Soon

Applications for the Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s $10,000 Tertiary Scholarships program will close at 5pm on Monday, 7 November. The funding will be offered to four eligible rural students who live in Victorian dairy communities for the duration of their university...

2017 Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program Applications Closing Soon

Applications for the 2017 Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program (VRCLP) scholarships will close on Monday, 31 October for Great South Coast, Loddon Murray, Fairley and Gippsland regions. Scholarships will be provided to 10 emerging leaders in regional dairy communities through...

Innovative Dairy Farmers Encouraged To Be Part Of NZ Study Tour

Applications close Friday, October 21, for the 2017 Gardiner Dairy Foundation UDV New Zealand Study Tour. The Study Tour is an innovative leadership initiative led by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation in collaboration with the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV), and...

Dairy Communities Set To Benefit From Innovative Leadership Program

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2017 Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program (VRCLP) scholarships. The Gardiner Dairy Foundation fully funds 10 scholarships annually which are awarded to emerging leaders in regional...

Calling All Young Dairy Leaders For A Life-Changing Trip

The United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) is urging all young dairy leaders to apply for the 2017 Gardiner Dairy Foundation UDV New Zealand Study Tour. Fully funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation and incorporating a nationally accredited unit at Certificate...

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation Offers $10,000 Tertiary Scholarships To Support Local Dairy Communities

Applications are now open for the annual Gardiner Dairy Foundation Tertiary Scholarships which offer $10,000 per annum in funding to support the recipients’ university degree or TAFE course. The 2017 Gardiner Dairy Foundation Tertiary Scholarships give young people who live...

Bolstering Farm Business Management

The Farm Business Management Program is for farm owners who are looking to take their business to the next level and are willing to give back  to the dairy industry. The  program offers 10 scholarships per annum across three years. Annually...

Grants available for small Victorian dairy communities

The program offers grants of up to $5,000 toward projects that improve infrastructure and address local issues to strengthen the small rural communities that underpin Victoria’s dairy industry. A total of $100,000 is available. The Program, which is funded by Gardiner...

Gardiner Dairy Foundation Appoints New Farmer Representative to the Board

Naomi is currently the Director of Boldrewood Dairy, a 550 cow dairy farm in Bessiebelle as well as a Director of Southern Rural Water. Naomi was elected to the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Board by a unanimous vote of the Members. Gardiner Dairy Foundation...

Victorian Dairy Farmers Encouraged to Apply for Farm Business Management Scholarships

The Farm Business Management (FBM) Program is a major investment by Gardiner in their People Development Portfolio, and aims to support 30 Victorian dairy farmers over three years who are committed to extending their business knowledge and capabilities and to improve the...

Central Support Directory Launches for Dairy Farmers

dairyfarmercentral.com.au aims to become the ‘go-to’ directory where dairy farmers can access a collated list of industry and government endorsed programs, initiatives and events that can support them as individuals, for their families and as business owners. Delivered as part of a...

Dairy Communities Share $113,000 in Grants

Working in Dairy Communities provides grants of up to $5,000 for projects that aim to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities, build their capacity to deal with local issues and enhance existing community infrastructure. The grant recipients which come from all...

Victorian primary producers urged to vie for Nuffield scholarships in 2017

Victorian Scholar, 2014, Aubrey Pellet said participation in the state had been very good in recent years, with over 56 scholars in the state, to the benefit of the regions agricultural industry. “Nuffield is the leading program for primary producers...

Understanding food security

Gardiner Dairy Foundation fosters an understanding of the challenge of feeding the world by supporting delegates to attend Australia’s leading food security event at Parliament House in Canberra. Bringing the global food crisis home Each year the Crawford Fund hosts...

Annual New Zealand Study Tour

Each year, as part of its commitment to helping ensure a steady stream of bright young leaders in the dairy industry, Gardiner Dairy Foundation in partnership with the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) supports six industry professionals to undertake a...

Gardiner Dairy Foundation Appoints New Chairman and Board Members at Annual General Meeting

The appointments follow the retirement of Chairman, Michael Taylor AO and Director, Professor Robert Clark. Outgoing Gardiner Dairy Foundation Chairman, Michael Taylor AO, thanked Professor Clark for his invaluable contribution and said that the appointees’ extraordinary successes in their fields...

Dairy leaders of tomorrow urged to apply for NZ tour

This is a unique opportunity for the cream of our dairy crop to learn from leading farmers in New Zealand,” UDV president Tyran Jones said. “So get your applications in by October 7. “It is a great way for young...

Grants presentation event at the Shrine of Remembrance

Notably, in 2015 there was an increase in applications to support recreation facilities and arts and cultural events. Amongst the successful grant recipients, the average community size was 2,787 people and the most represented types of organisations were: Recreation and...

Dairy Nitrogen for Greater Profit

This project aimed to increase farm profit through better decisions on nitrogen fertiliser applications on dairy farms, by delivering knowledge, training and tools. It collated 19,000 data points of pasture dry matter production in response to a nitrogen application in...

Victorian dairy communities share $100,000 in grants to build stronger local communities

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced the recipients of more than $100,000 of funds through the 2015 Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program. Working in Dairy Communities provides grants of...

Opened Applications For Tertiary Scholarships

Gardiner Dairy Foundation Chief Executive, Mary Harney, said “the Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s vision is to continue to invest in emerging leaders and practices to help develop a long-term future for the dairy industry. Supporting rural people beginning tertiary study contributes to achieving...

The value of breeding for efficient feeding

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is thrilled to see the launch of the new Australian Breeding Value (ABV), called Feed Saved. The Feed Saved ABV will help farmers produce cows that convert feed into milk more efficiently. It is a technology...

Australian Dairy Leadership Alumni launch

The first summit of the Australian Dairy Leadership Alumni (ADLA) was held in Melbourne in December 2014. This initiative is facilitated by Gardiner Dairy Foundation in recognition of the importance of networking in the dairy industry. ADLA’s inaugural summit was launched...

New Zealand Study Tour Participants Reveal Dairy Best Practice

All six participants of the 2015 New Zealand Study Tour attended the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) Conference today to share their experiences from the annual initiative funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation. The next generation of Victorian dairy industry...

Gardiner Dairy Foundation announces Tertiary Scholarship winners

Gardiner Dairy Foundation has awarded tertiary scholarships to three rural-based Victorian students pursuing careers that will benefit the dairy industry. The scholarships demonstrate the ongoing commitment of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation by investing in future leaders of the Victorian dairy...

Nuffield Scholar steps into the future

“I was looking for new ideas and inspiration for our farming business and I wanted to be able to paint a picture of what’s coming and how it will make us more efficient and profitable,” Mr Pellett said. He said...

Golden Triangle’ for agriculture leading our economic future

The sectors offering Australia the most benefit in coming years are agriculture and food, water, energy and horticulture. The vital ingredient for success is a close collaboration between the ‘golden triangle’; government, private industry and universities and research  institutes, both...

Australia’s response plans to foot-and-mouth disease

An international expert on infectious livestock diseases has warned that Australian policy makers need to continue to have the resolve and ability to collaborate to ensure all prevention strategies are in place to prevent a devastating disease outbreak in Australia,...

Victorian dairy communities to moo-ve forward in 2015 with $100,000 in grants

The annual Program is funded by the Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation and is delivered collaboratively by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to strengthn communities in three Victorian Dairy Regions: Gippsland, North East and South West. This is...

Future dairy leaders head to New Zealand

The next generation of Victorian dairy industry leaders have departed to New Zealand today on an annual study tour funded by the Gardiner Foundation. The United Dairyfarmers of Victoria, the dairy group of the VFF, organise the annual tour to...

Vet residents help produce healthier herds

The $1.4 million collaboration between the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Dairy Australia, the University of Melbourne Faculty of Veterinary Science and the veterinary clinics was first introduced in 2010. The program encourages highly skilled dairy veterinarians to live and work in...

Research shines light on dairy bull infertility

Image caption: Dr Andy Hancock, a dairy resident based with The Vet Group at Timboon with a veterinary student, preparing to test bulls on farm. He has been conducting research into the fertility of ‘mop-up’ bulls and found that one...

Future dairy leaders chosen for NZ tour

The next group of future dairy industry leaders have been selected for the 2015 New Zealand study tour. “We were incredibly impressed by the standard of applications this year; it made selecting only six recipients very difficult,” United Dairyfarmers of...

Gardiner Foundation supports trade engagement program to benefit Victorian dairy industry

The Gardiner Foundation provided three Victorian dairy farmers with the unique opportunity to join the Victorian Agricultural Minister, the Hon Peter Walsh on the Government Food and Beverage Super Trade Mission to China in September. Dedicated to the future of...

Targeted approach to improving milk quality

The Australian Milk Quality Steering Group (AMQSG) was established three years ago to improve milk quality across the industry. Its members have broad-ranging expertise in the field and have worked hard to set targets that are worthwhile, measurable and achievable....

Gardiner Foundation announces $1.5 million Challenge Round

The Gardiner Foundation has announced it will provide $1.5 million in funding for research, development and extension (RD&E) as part of its new Challenge Round, in a contribution to addressing the dairy industry’s target of producing 15 billion litres of...

Gardiner Foundation invests in young leaders

Zita Ritchie, a young dairy researcher from Warrnambool, Victoria was awarded a Gardiner Foundation scholarship to attend the prestigious Crawford Fund 2014 Parliamentary Conference held from Tuesday, 26 to Thursday, 28 August in Canberra. Scholarship recipient, Ms Ritchie is a...

Gardiner Foundation to commemorate ANZAC Centenary by joining regional tour

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is pleased to be supporting this unique centenary exhibition to recognise the Victorian dairy community’s contribution during WWI. Its partnership with the Shrine of Remembrance’s touring exhibition reinforces its commitment to celebrating and supporting Victoria’s dairy...

Director Profiles – Barry Irvin

“Dealing with issues as a farmer allows me to keep that instinct for what is going on more broadly,” Mr Irvin not only has broad dairy industry knowledge and experience of the philanthropic sector, but also hands on involvement as...

Keeping the nasties out: Optimisation of environmental hygiene in dairy factories

This three year project took place between 2010 and 2013 to improve best practice for hygiene protocols in dairy factories. Practical implications for stakeholders The microbial safety of dairy products is a fundamental requirement. The detection of pathogens in dairy...

Linking milk powder back to the farm

Practical implications for stakeholders In order to make the manufacturing process of milk powders more efficient, this project aimed to better understand the relationship between milk functionality and farming factors. High quality milk powders require milk with appropriate heat stability...

Characterising responses to GnRH before AI in dairy cows

Practical implications for stakeholders Artificial Insemination (AI) conception rates are declining and delayed ovulation is occurring more often in high producing dairy cows.  Fertility is highest in the window of 0-16 hours before ovulation and a recent study revealed that...

Links between pre-milking hygiene and mastitis risk

The project integrates new mastitis research with extension need in Australia by examining the links between improved pre-milking hygiene and reduced mastitis risk. Practical implications for stakeholders A reduction in mastitis increases a farm’s milk production and cow health, while...

Nuffield scholar: Damian Murphy

Damian Murphy, from Dumbalk North in Victoria, received the 2012 Nuffield Scholarship sponsored by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation. “It’s clear there is a need for people to progress through agriculture; living and bringing up their family in the country, while...

A decade of delivering on dairy community concerns

In 2003 the Gardiner Dairy Foundation partnered with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to initiate the ‘Working in Dairy Communities’ small grants program. It assists small communities in the dairy regions of Victoria with grants of up...

Promoting thought leadership (2012)

Gardiner Dairy Foundation supports thought leadership and innovation in the dairy industry by funding eminent international agricultural leaders to visit Australia and speak with dairy farmers, politicians and decision-makers. Connecting Australian dairy with International thought leaders Gardiner Dairy Foundation has...

Monash Industry Team Initiative

MITI partners multidisciplinary student teams from Monash University with leading Australian and international dairy processors to design innovative solutions to real issues in dairy manufacturing. MITI is Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s major investment in the post-farm gate space. Connecting the dairy...

Nuffield scholar: Graeme Nicoll

Gippsland dairy farmer Graeme Nicoll was awarded the Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship in 2010, sponsored by Gardiner Dairy Foundation. Graeme, along with his wife Gillian, owns and operates a 240ha dairy business at Fish Creek in Gippsland, Victoria. They milk...

Nuffield scholar: Jamie Snell

Jamie Snell, from Merrigum in the Goulburn Valley region of Victoria, received the Nuffield scholarship supported by Gardiner Dairy Foundation in 2006. Lifetime of dairyfarming sparks curiosity Jamie and his wife Anne both have a lifetime background in dairying, and...