Dairy Careers

Date Release Description
7/02/2013 Timboon P-12 Students Make Agriculture Links

Timboon P-12 students are moving out into the farming world for help to develop a unique agricultural precinct at the school.The school is forging strong links with local farms and agricultural businesses which will include a group of Year 9 students getting first-hand experience at the Sungold Field Days on February 15.The students will be getting hints for the type of agricultural project they will develop at the school while also learning how service providers support the dairy industry and about the technical, processing and capital equipment decisions farmers have to make.The Timboon P-12 Agriculture Project (TAP) is being rolled out in the school this year with support from WestVic Dairy, the Gardiner Foundation, a State Government Empowering Local Communities grant and the local community.

26/10/2012 Timboon P-12 Introduces Agriculture Project

Timboon P-12 School will develop an agricultural precinct and integrate agriculture into the school curriculum in a unique project that links students to local industry.The school is developing the Timboon P-12 Agriculture Project (TAP) in conjunction with its school community, WestVic Dairy and the Gardiner Foundation.  The project aims to develop a greater understanding of the impact that agriculture, particularly dairy, has in the region, including its importance in the long-term sustainability of the community and how it relates to different facets of education.  It will highlight educational pathways for agricultural careers and aims to increase student awareness of careers in agriculture.

3/05/2013 Timboon P-12 Agriculture Project nominated for prestigious awards

The Timboon P-12 School is a finalist in two categories of the Victorian Education Excellence Awards 2013 for its Timboon Agriculture Project. The Awards will be announced at a dinner on 17 May.  The Timboon Agriculture Project, delivered at the Timboon P-12 School, has already received considerable acclaim. It is an initiative of WestVic Dairy’s Promoting Dairy Careers project, funded in its scoping phase (2012/13) by the Gardiner Foundation. Timboon P-12 School was nominated and shortlisted for two awards, and has now been selected as one of three finalists in each category.

20/12/2011 New program introduces school children to dairy industry

Primary school children from Nullawarre will adopt a cow and follow its progress over the next two years as part of a new program giving them an early insight into the dairy industry.

The new kids@demoDAIRY program has been developed from a desire of parents to introduce their children at an early age to the varied and rewarding careers in dairying.

The year five and six Nullawarre pupils will visit DemoDAIRY eight times over the next two years as part of the WestVic Dairy careers project where they will learn about different jobs in the industry and follow the progress of the herd and research being undertaken on the farm.

13/11/2013 TAP's On!

On November 21st, Timboon Agriculture Project (TAP) will hold TAP's On!, a showcase of how Timboon P-12 School, Nullawarre and District Primary School and Simpson Primary School students and teachers are integrating agriculture into their curriculum with over 600 students participating in the interactive peer led learning expo. 

At the Timboon P-12 Agriculture Precinct, with the assistance of experts and mentors, students will demonstrate what they have learnt in the classroom on such diverse topics as: visual soil assessment, the rearing of calves, Lavender on TAP, Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden, irrigation maths, asessing show cattle, breeding poultry, genetics, DNA, rare breeds and much more.

27/05/2013 Colac Expo to Highlight Maths and Science in Dairy

Nearly 200 students from Colac, Timboon, Camperdown, Apollo Bay and Lavers Hill will learn how important maths and science are in the dairy industry at an expo in Colac on Tuesday.  The 184 Year 7 students will experience 23 different interactive presentations from dairy farmers, service providers and processors.  The expo is part of Maths and Science @ Work a program developed in partnership between the dairy industry, Colac Secondary College, Timboon P-12 and Camperdown College and South West Local Learning and Employment Network.  WestVic Dairy secured funds from Schools Connect Australia to deliver the program which will feature three expos over the next three years. Further expos will be held in Timboon and Camperdown in 2014 and 2015. Year 7 students from all three schools will attend each expo.  The project is the first of its type in Australia and could be used as a prototype for similar events to promote maths and science education in other agricultural industries.

6/05/2013 Colac Expo to Highlight Maths and Science in Dairy

Larpent dairy farmer Mark Billing sees maths and science at work on his farm every time he calculates his cows’ feeding rations or his pasture fertiliser rates.  With two computers running his dairy and an increasing focus on the biology of his plants, Mr Billing knows that a good grounding in maths and science is essential to good dairy farming.  Speaking at the launch of the Maths & Science @ Work expo in Colac, Mr Billing said he couldn’t operate a successful business without this technical background. “It’s more important now than ever before with farms using more technology and needing to make sure everything is as perfect as possible,” Mr Billing said.

16/04/2013 Program To Develop New Dairy Leaders

Future leaders from the dairy industry will get a helping hand in a new program offered by WestVic Dairy.

The focus of LeadIn is on introductory leadership skills and covers topics such as developing effective teams, developing good working relationships, organising agendas and meetings, making presentations, managing conflict, and effective communication skills.

16/05/2014 Local veterinarian will launch project

Timboon Veterinarian Zoe Vogels will be the industry advocate for the 2014 Maths & Science @ Work project launch on May 20, 2014 at the Timboon Distillery. Dr Vogels is a veterinarian at the Vet Group in Timboon and manages a farm with her husband and brother-in-law. She said she was excited about being the industry advocate and looking forward to officially launching the project.

14/04/2014 Education project launched for its second year

 The WestVic Dairy initiative Maths & Science @ Work will be officially launched for 2014 on May 20 at the Timboon Distillery. Maths & Science @ Work is a partnership between WestVic Dairy, South West Local Learning and Employment Network (South West LLEN), Timboon P-12 School, Camperdown College and Colac Secondary College. An industry advocate will launch the project, followed by speeches from WestVic Dairy’s Executive Officer Gavan Mathieson and Timboon P-12 School principal Rosalie Moorfield. After the launch there will be a chance to connect with people involved in the program over morning tea.

28/10/2014 TAP's On! is back for 2014

The Timboon Agriculture Project (TAP) will hold its annual showcase, TAP’s On!, on November 20, 2014, between 10.30am and 3.00pm at the Timboon P-12 School. The day will demonstrate how staff and students from the Timboon P-12, Nullawarre Primary School and Simpson Primary School are integrating agriculture into their curriculum through different classroom and off-campus activities.