UDV/ Gardiner Study Tour

The Victorian Study Tour is an annual tour for up to ten high-potential Victorian dairy industry representatives to travel to all regions within the state where they learn about the local dairy industry, build their networks and gain valuable insights into world-class farming practices.

This People Development initiative forms part of Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s commitment to investing in emerging leaders and practices. It aims to attract and retain the next generation of dairy professionals by offering them an opportunity, early in their career, to see the industry as a desirable and rewarding place to work.

The dairy industry needs to build leaders that are motivated to evolve its business and production systems to world class standards given that the industry is facing increased international competition.

Dairy farming in Victoria is world class and it is highly valuable for young, career-minded Victorian dairy representatives to be exposed to the most impressive elements of this industry. The knowledge they gain assists them to initiate positive changes in the Australian industry. Delegates are encouraged to bring key learnings back home to improve local farming practices.

Applications for the 2022 Study Tour are now open and will close 9am 16 May.

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Be aged between 18 – 35 years;
  • Be available for travel in July 2022;
  • Actively participate in the Victorian dairy industry – either on or off-farm;
  • Agree to have an ongoing relationship with the UDV and Gardiner Dairy Foundation;
  • Utilise leadership skills upon return

To apply, please complete the application form and email it to scholarships@gardinerfoundation.com.au by 9am Monday 16th May 2022.

Read about the past study tours via the New Zealand Study Tour blog:

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