The chairman of the company trying to buy Murray Goulburn will be guest speaker at next year’s Australian Dairy Conference.
The conference has secured Lino Saputo Jr, the chair and chief executive officer of Canadian company Saputo, which has made an offer accepted by the Murray Goulburn board.
The conference organisers have released the speakers list for the conference, to be held in Melbourne from February 13 to 15.
Registrations opened this week.
Conference chair Scott Fitzgerald, from Tongala, said the speakers were expected to challenge, motivate and inspire delegates.
‘‘One of the reasons ADC has been so successful is the ability to attract high profile and motivational speakers that farmers would not normally get the opportunity to hear from or interact with,’’ he said.
Mr Fitzgerald said there was a strong emphasis to encourage younger farmers to attend to realise the value in networking, gaining knowledge and mixing it with some of the best dairy minds in Australia and beyond.
One session highlights the journey of five young farmers who have made their way from different backgrounds and beginnings, demonstrating the various pathways available in the Australian dairy industry.
There will be a ‘first timers’ introduction before the main sessions start to get ideas on how to get the best out of the conference.
Guest speakers will include: Silicon Valley Singularity University ambassador Kaila Colbin, Auctions Plus chief executive officer Anna Speers, Minds at Work founder Jason Clarke, meteorologist Jane Bunn, John Droppert from Dairy Australia and John Olden from Mondelez Australia.
Farmer full registration costs $880, with a cheaper rate for booking before December 15 and for day registration.
■For information, go to: www.australiadairyconference.com.au