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16/11/2016 Sporting legends coming to south west


AFL star Sam Kekovich and cricket legend Rodney Hogg will visit the south west to help celebrate men in the dairy industry at the Bloke’s BBQ on 30th November 2016 at the Terang Harness Racing Club.

1/04/2016 Building Emotional Resilience

 Emotional resilience is the willingness and capacity to accept that there will be good and bad times ahead, understand our reaction to these experiences, and have strategies to manage them.

1/02/2016 Cororooke’s Legendairy art focus invigorates local community

Cororooke, a small township 11km northwest of Colac in Victoria, with just under 400 residents, was once a major player in the Australian onion industry. Today, it’s a centre for dairy.

Not many towns the size of Cororooke can boast a modern arts facility that would fit nicely in the swankier parts of central Melbourne, but Cororooke does, thanks to the initiative of local dairy farmers Andrew and Mary Beale and a dedicated volunteer committee.

28/01/2016 Lindsay Ferguson appointed Regional Manager at WestVic Dairy WestVic Dairy is delighted to welcome Lindsay Ferguson as Regional Manager who commenced on Wednesday January 27, 2016. Lindsay brings a wealth of experience and knowledge plus has a strong background in dairy-farming and farm business management. He was a senior lecturer at Glenormiston College for 14 years, leading the business management section.
20/01/2016 Red Rock Theatre’s new musical given a Legendairy boost

Dairy Australia’s Legendairy program is supporting the Cororooke dairy farming community in Western Victoria this Friday by sponsoring a new Australian musical being performed at the Carolyn Theatre at Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery (RRRTAG).

18/01/2016 Western Victoria water supply discussions prompt action

Western Victorian industry representatives including United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV), WestVic Dairy, The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), South West Water, Wannon Water, Corangamite Shire and Victorian Farmer Federation have met to discuss the potential water shortages facing parts of the region in the coming months.
UDV President Adam Jenkins said "with the continued dry conditions we are seeing on farm water storages becoming a particular concern with farmers in certain areas."

6/11/2015 Learn more about DairyBase and your business

South west Victorian dairy farmers can now access face-to-face DairyBase information and training via Dairy Australia support.


Through Dairy Australia’s Regional Development Program, WestVic Dairy, farmer groups can learn more about the online farm business management tool DairyBase and how it can be used to measure and analyse farm performance.

29/10/2015 TAP into Farm Safety – winner 2015 Victorian WorkSafe OHS Achievement Award

TAP into Farm Safety was one of 188 entries in the 2015 Victorian WorkSafe Awards which were announced in Melbourne yesterday. It is an innovative program for year five students from Timboon P-12 to build awareness of health and safety in agriculture, and to underpin students’ learning with real-world experiences.

The aim of the program is not only to educate the students, but to empower them to take their knowledge home to their own farms and community.

26/10/2015 TAPs back on in 2015!

Dirty Science, sheep maths, tractors, the China Free Trade Agreement, cows, chicken’s gullets, agribusiness, felting, cheese appreciation, lavender products, diseases, agriculture around the world, safe animal handling practices and careers…what do all these have in common?  They all feature in the TAP.

4/08/2015 Unique WestVic Dairy ‘Big-Day-Out’ event on September 2 set to INSPIRE!

Tickets have gone on sale for a unique dairy event to be held in western Victoria on September 2.

Building capacity, successful business goal creation and maximising on-farm profitability are just a few of the themes a list of stellar speakers will present at Dairy Inspire, a one-day event presented by WestVic Dairy. To purchase tickets visit the website.

18/06/2015 Profits for 8 out of 10 West Victoria dairy farmers amid farmgate price concerns

More than 80 per cent of dairy farmers in west Victoria made a profit in 2013/14 and expect to make a profit this financial year, according to the latest Dairy Australia Situation and Outlook Report released today.

 Results from the report’s National Dairy Farmer Survey (NDFS) also show some 69 per cent of farmers in the region are feeling positive about the dairy industry’s future.  This is a slight reduction, but stable confirmation of last year’s survey sentiments and not far off the national level of 74 per cent.

20/03/2015 Dairy Inspire and Milk-it-for-More join forces on industry event Positivity, leadership and capacity building within the dairy industry will be the focus of a much anticipated one-day event to be run by WestVic Dairy. Dairy Inspire, in conjunction with the Milk-it-for-More event will be held as one in the second half of 2015. This follows funding from the Gardiner Dairy Foundation (GDF) allocated to Dairy Inspire, under its young dairy leadership development funding.
13/02/2015 Merrivale PS will receive a visit from Legendairy Olympian

Western Victoria’s Merrivale Primary School will receive a visit from swimming legend Michael Klim after winning the Picasso Cows competition at the Sungold Field Days.

Dairy Australia’s Managing Director Ian Halliday announced the winner today at the Dairy Tent, a joint venture between WestVic Dairy, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) and the National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE), and said he was impressed by the diligence, skill and creativity shown by all the schools.

9/02/2015 Winning Cow to receive visit from Legendairy Olympian

Three-time Olympian and Legendairy Ambassador Michael Klim will visit one lucky western Victorian school to meet the winning cow from the Sungold Field Days Picasso Cows competition.

WestVic Dairy, together with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (formerly DEPI, now DEDJTR) and the National Centre of Dairy Education (NCDE), will host three Picasso Cows in the Dairy Tent, where people can vote for their favourite exhibit. The Sungold Field Days will run from February 11-13 in Allansford.

12/01/2015 Business Management Scholarships available

WestVic Dairy is looking for ambitious farmers to participate in three sponsored development programs in 2015.
The programs are for farmers at different levels of business management and will be fully funded by the Gardiner Foundation.

28/11/2014 Lisa Dwyer joins Dairy Australia Board

WestVic Dairy’s chairman Lisa Dwyer was elected to the Dairy Australia Board at the industry body’s Annual General Meeting today.
Mrs Dwyer was nominated earlier this year and won with a clear majority of votes against fellow south-west Victorian dairy farmer Michael Spitse.
“Dairy is a fantastic industry with enormous potential to provide opportunity and reward for us all, but we need to be vigilant in shaping its growth and development,” Mrs Dwyer said.

18/11/2014 WestVic Dairy welcomes Free Trade Agreement

WestVic Dairy has welcomed news of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Australia and China.
With dairy proclaimed as the big winner at yesterday’s announcement, Executive Officer of WestVic Dairy Paula Doran said the much awaited collaboration between the two nations would provide significant opportunities for farmers.

17/10/2014 WestVic Dairy welcomes new Executive Officer


Paula Doran, a professional with extensive experience running her own communications business and agency who is passionate about the honest and fair representation of rural Australia, has been appointed Executive Officer for WestVic Dairy.

17/10/2014 Paula Doran to be the new Executive Officer at WestVic Dairy

WestVic Dairy welcomes Colac-born-and-raised Paula Doran in the role of Executive Officer, who will officially commence her duties on October 27, 2014. Ms Doran has over 20 years’ experience in senior media positions specialising in rural Australia and primary production.

She has worked in all sectors of the media, including newspaper, online, TV and radio and said she had always felt most passionate when covering industries she believed in. 

21/10/2013 Cobden's Legendairy

Legendairy flags will fly at the entrance to the town of Cobden from 12.00pm Thursday 24 October to celebrate the dairy industry’s enormous contribution to the town and south west Victoria. Cobden will be the first town in Victoria to fly the Legendairy flags.
Dairy Australia’s Legendairy campaign promotes the dairy industry as a whole, championing the inspirational stories of the people within the dairy industry and celebrating the contribution dairy farmers make to their local communities and to the Australian economy, and the healthy and delicious food products they produce.

24/06/2013 WestVic Dairy Moves to New Home

WestVic Dairy is moving to a new home.  The dairy industry development body for Western Victoria is moving from its base of the past decade at DemoDAIRY near Terang to a new office location in Camperdown.  The move is expected to happen within the next three months with an office lease soon to be finalised.  Chairman John Dalton said the shift would help WestVic Dairy to more clearly define its role and brand.  “We believe that operating from the one location with DemoDAIRY and the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia (NCDEA) has created some confusion about our identity,” Mr Dalton said.  Having a stand-alone site will lead to greater understanding of the roles and brands of the organisations and give more clarity to the community about what we do,” he said.  The move will also allow the expanding NCDEA to use more office space at the DemoDAIRY site.

28/05/2013 Big Savings for Farmer following Soil Program

Macarthur dairy farmer Andrew Wortley estimates he has saved at least $50,000 over the past three years by changing his nutrient management practices.  “And that’s probably a pretty conservative figure,” Mr Wortley added.  “We’ve probably wiped $30,000 off our costs this year and I think we’ll most likely extend the new regime even further next year.”  Mr Wortley has been part of the Reducing Soil Acidification through Nutrient Management project which has prompted him to undertake more soil tests, eliminate blanket fertiliser applications and become more prescriptive in his use of fertiliser.  “We’ve made dramatic cutbacks on fertiliser on paddocks showing higher levels of phosphorus, potassium and sulphur and use a lot more effluent and compost and measure where it is best to put it out,” he said.

21/05/2013 Profitable Feeding Systems Campaign for winter feed

Three on-farm workshops early in June will help south-west Victorian dairy farmers to grow more grass in winter for their cows.  The free sessions at Yeo, Ellerslie and Brucknell on June 4-6 are part of the WestVic Dairy Profitable Feeding Systems campaign.  Profitable Feeding Systems Project Manager for WestVic Dairy, Tim Huggins, said the sessions would cover topics designed to help farmers to boost their winter growth.  “It has been a tough season to feed cows because of the long, dry summer. A lot of farms are running out of home-grown feed and buying in stocks is very expensive and often difficult to source,” Mr Huggins said.

“Anything they can grow at home will be a bonus,” he added.

16/04/2013 Reducing Soil Acidification

Dairy farmers are being advised to take separate soil tests at the front and at the rear of their paddocks and to intensify their soil testing strategies.

Reducing Soil Acidification through Nutrient Management project field days at Grassmere and Macarthur have been told that farmers should change the way they look at testing their soil nutrient levels to ensure they are getting best value from their inputs and to maximise productivity.

16/04/2013 Farmers Offered Business Advice to Help in Tight Times

Three hundred dairy farmers in Western Victoria are taking stock of their situation in a new program helping them to plan and manage business costs.

Forty four farmers have already registered for the Tactics for Tight Times Taking Stock sessions program funded by Dairy Australia and administered through WestVic Dairy.

More farmers are being encouraged to join the Taking Stock program which delivers a free one-on-one consultation and support to assist dairy farmers to identify issues and make important decisions.

15/02/2013 Profitable Feeding Systems Campaign to Start

A campaign to help dairy farmers increase profitability by improving their home-grown feed options is being rolled out across Western Victoria.The Profitable Feeding Systems will be launched on February 26-28 with on-farm field days at Yeo, Ellerslie and Camperdown.Pasture expert and dairy farmer Peter Notman, who will be guest speaker at each of the field days, said all farmers should be acting now to ensure they have enough home-grown feed.“The Western District has gone from too wet to too dry quite quickly. Feed is a bit more expensive this year and local farmers have reasonable silage but not large amounts. In this climate they have no choice but to take positive action to grow feed,” Mr Notman said.

1/11/2012 Profitable Feeding Systems Seeks to Engage Farmers

WestVic Dairy is launching a campaign to motivate farmers to boost their profitability by improving their feedbase management. The Profitable Feeding Systems (PFS) project is considering innovative new ways to connect with farmers, including podcasts, webinars and the possible development of Apps to guide daily feed and pasture management. The campaign will also include a series of on-farm field days led by successful dairy farmers, workshops, building a database of resources and tools, and In Charge programs. PFS aims to help farmers to manage their feedbase to optimise milk production and maximise profitability.

10/09/2012 195 Dairy Farms to Benefit from Energy Assessments

Nearly 200 dairy farms in Western Victoria will benefit from energy assessments which could bring them substantial financial and environmental savings. The assessments will be carried out on 195 dairy farms across the WestVic Dairy region as part of a new $1 million national program.  Dairy Australia secured Federal Government funding for the Smarter Energy Use on Australian Dairy Farms project which will see 900 farm energy assessments carried out on dairy farms across the country.
Project leader for WestVic Dairy, Karen Wales, said it was expected that the project would supply farmers with real practical solutions that would lead to significant savings in carbon emissions and energy costs on farm.   “It will deliver recommendations for dairy farmers to use energy in the smartest, most efficient and cost effective way,” she said.

6/09/2012 Ballarat Focus Farm group tour Terang factilities

A group of Ballarat district dairy farmers has been given an insight into the prime movers of dairy research and development in south-west Victoria. The farmers, who are involved in the WestVic Dairy Focus Farm group in the Ballarat region, toured DemoDAIRY and WestVic Dairy at Terang on September 4. The 12 farmers from the Ballarat group inspected several research and development trials at DemoDAIRY and also heard about the latest projects being undertaken by Dairy Australia’s local regional development arm, WestVic Dairy.

7/05/2012 WestVic Dairy Executive Officer Resigns

WestVic Dairy Chairman John Dalton announced today that Executive Officer Mike Weise has decided to resign. Mr Weise will stay with the dairy development agency until the end of the financial year.Mr Dalton said: “The WestVic Dairy Board understands Mike’s decision and thanks him for helping the new Board to move in a new direction over the past 18 months. “We wish Mike well and thank him for his leadership and dedication to the region’s farmers over the past six and a half years.”