AUSTRALIA – The United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV), the dairy commodity of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF), will gather in Gippsland from 19 – 20 May to discuss the industry’s vision for the future at its 36th Annual Meeting and Conference.
UDV President Chris Griffin said the Conference, to be held at the Esso BHP Wellington Entertainment Centre in Sale, Gippsland, would be themed 2020 Vision: the Victorian dairy industry and would provide a platform for dairy farmers to explore future issues for dairy production and decision making.
“The UDV Conference will offer dairy farmers the opportunity to hear from a range of leading speakers on issues that are contemporary to the dairy industry, including President of the Federated Farmers of New Zealand Don Nicolson who will speak on the effects of the emission trading on New Zealand dairy farmers.
“As well as having the opportunity to participate in debate of resolutions, attendees will also enjoy a series of workshop sessions covering a broad range of topics. For example the issues surrounding market competition will be explored, which is a topic of growing importance in light of current supermarket activities.
“The sessions will also look at the role of regulation, developing issues like carbon tax and we will spend time on future dairy leadership issues including the future structure of dairy farmer representation in this state. All of this will be done within the framework of strengthening the UDV/VFF policy advocacy role for Victorian dairy farmers.
“I encourage every dairy farmer to enjoy a few days away from the farm to rest and recharge the batteries in Gippsland at this year’s UDV Conference,” Mr Griffin concluded.
For further information about the UDV Conference, or to access the online registration form, visit http://www.vff.org.au or phone VFF Member Services on 1300 882 833.
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