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 2019 the NZ Study Tour are:

  • Amabel Grinter              Muckatah
  • Danielle Walker              Panmure
  • Leica Manners                Denison
  • Majella Ryan                   Grassmere
  • Rachael McGrath           Orford
  • Thomas Ryan                  Birregurra
  • Thomas Stuart                Dixie

The eight-day NZ Study Tour provides successful applicants with development opportunities to engage and learn from representatives of the Federated Farmers of NZ, and includes visits to farms, processing companies, research and extension facilities and networking with farmer groups.

Chief Executive Officer of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Dr Clive Noble said this year’s successful applicants demonstrated great enthusiasm for growth and development in the dairy industry, both personally and collectively.

“We are thrilled to support the development of future dairy industry leaders through the NZ Study Tour program. By fostering their development, we hope to see them all have bright careers and contribute to a strong dairy industry in the future,” said Dr Noble.

The program, now in its ninth year, integrates Australian farmers into a global dairy network. Successful 2019 candidate, Rachael McGrath from Orford, found out about the NZ Study Tour through a friend.

“I am delighted to be selected for the 2019 NZ Study Tour,” she said. “I envisage many new opportunities will come from the program experience, travelling with other young dairy farmers and meeting people from all parts of the NZ industry.

“I have no doubt it will help to broaden my horizons in the dairy industry. I’m looking forward to learning more about improving our farm operations, and understanding the industry through the networks we develop,” Ms McGrath said.

The NZ Study Tour will commence in February 2019. For more information, visit