Research, Development & Extension (RD&E) makes up 55% of Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s Investment Portfolio, informed by our current Strategic Direction 2018-2021. Our approach is to invest a meaningful amount into a small number of well targeted projects, generally as a co-investor.
Consistent with the industry priority focus on the feedbase and the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Strategy, in 2018 the Foundation partnered with Dairy Australia and DEDJTR (Agriculture Victoria) to establish the ‘DairyFeedbase’ collaboration. This initiative will support the delivery of high impact innovations to the dairy industry by bringing together large-scale integrated research, using cutting-edge agricultural technologies, to improve pasture performance, animal nutrition and the cost-competitiveness of the feedbase. Gardiner Dairy Foundation will contribute $9m over six years, as part of the total initiative of over $50m.