Seven Victorians have been selected to participate in a dairy study tour throughout New Zealand’s southern island in February next year.
The eight-day tour, organised by the UDV and funded by Gardiner Dairy Foundation, will provide young dairy farmers with the opportunity to gain a strategic understanding of the New Zealand dairy industry’s operations and cultivate leadership capabilities.
Participants will also have the opportunity to engage with representatives from Federated Farmers of NZ.
Stanhope’s Craig Emmett, who runs a 100ha dairy farm with his parents, has been selected as one of the participants and said he was looking forward to seeing how New Zealand dairies ran.
‘‘I really just wanted to go and see how the best in the business do it and go about it,’’ he said.
‘‘Just more generally how they run their business over there and how they manage their transition from one generation to the next — whether it’s the transition to new businesses, share farmers or within the family.’’
Gardiner Dairy Foundation interim chief executive officer Clive Noble has described the 2018 participants as an exceptional group of young leaders, eager for individual and collective development.
‘‘The calibre of applicants this year is a tribute to the level of quality young farmers we have in the Victorian dairy industry. Each applicant has shown determination and an interest to learn about farming in NZ and to work together for a stronger and more united dairy industry in Victoria,’’ Dr Noble said.