“Quality is King” the focus of the first AFIA Our Place Workshop
11 April 2017
The Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA), in partnership with TPC Agriculture, is excited to announce an Our Place workshop that will focus on fodder decisions designed to improve production and profit for dairy farmers.
The first of ten Our Place workshops to be conducted by the partnership in 2017, the “Quality is King” workshop will be held from 10.30am on Friday, 12 May 2017 at Tom and Mick Acocks’ dairy farm, 348 Bonn Road, Rochester, Victoria. Immediately following the workshop, a tour of Jenharwill Baling at Elmore will be conducted.
Tom and Mick Acocks operate a substantial dairy farm near Rochester in northern Victoria and at this workshop will share why “Quality is King” for them. The Acocks’ farm runs around 750-800 milking cows year-round and last year produced 7.8 million litres of milk with average components of 3.3 protein and 4.2 fat. In an average year, they will see 60 to 70 percent of their fodder requirements produced on-farm and are not afraid of selling feed if it is excess to requirements or lower quality than desired. Feed tests are an integral part of their decision-making process when it comes to fodder. Tom and Mick understand that to produce quality milk they need quality fodder and “Quality is King”.
“To date, 2017 has certainly produced an abundant supply of fodder in many regions around the country but those higher yields do not always deliver the quality required in today’s modern dairy enterprises,” said John McKew, AFIA Chief Executive Officer.
“This workshop, the first of ten in a collaborative effort by AFIA and TPC Agriculture, aims to assist dairy farmers in these challenging times, and we encourage AFIA members and non-members to participate in as many workshops as possible to realise their full potential,” urged Mr McKew.
If you are interested in:
making fodder decisions that are the best fit for production and profit;
understanding what to grow and buy, and when to shandy low quality feed and when to sell it;
then this free workshop is a must for you.
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Fodder Industry Association
W: (03) 9670 0523
M: 0438 182 600
2017 National Fodder Conference
31 January 2017
The Australian fodder industry is one of the most important in Australian agriculture, underpinning production in dairy, livestock and other intensive industries.
The Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) is the peak body for the Australian fodder industry, connecting all sectors of the supply chain from production to end-user. Since AFIA was established in 1996, our network of members, sponsors and supporters has functioned to help the Australian fodder industry grow.
In 2016/17, that gross value of the Australian fodder industry is estimated to be in excess of $2 billion per annum, based on 6-8 million tonnes of production; a figure that continues to grow year-on-year, assisted by AFIA’s work. Over the past 15 years, the Australian fodder export industry alone has grown from 100,000mt to an estimated 1,000,000mt (2016/17 forecast).
Each year AFIA hosts the National Fodder Conference, attracting in excess of 250 industry stakeholders from around Australia. The 2017 National Fodder Conference will be held on 7-9 August at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland.
The 2017 National Fodder Conference is AFIA’s opportunity to showcase the Australian fodder industry and bring together key individuals and businesses that make up the industry. The theme for the 2017 Conference is ‘Feeding Innovation, Growing Success’. The 2017 program will contain information to engage and stimulate everyone. With a line-up of both international and Australian speakers as well as plenty of opportunity for delegate interaction with exhibitors and sponsors, you and your business is assured to gain insights and connections from participating in the 2017 National Fodder Conference.
In addition to the conference speaking program and various workshops, the conference also comprises social functions including the Welcome Cocktail Function and the Annual Conference Dinner, great opportunities to connect with new and existing clients in a relaxed atmosphere as well as reconnecting with your fellow fodder industry friends.
Previous conferences have seen attendances consistently number between 250-300 delegates and have comprised a wide range of fodder industry participants including hay and silage growers and contractors, manufacturers and suppliers, hay exporters, domestic fodder traders, fodder transporters, end-users and researchers.
The 2017 National Fodder Conference program is currently being developed. Further information, including registration details and pricing, will become available over the coming months and will be posted to the AFIA website (www.afia.org.au), our social media platforms and directly to our members and sponsors.
If you have an interest in the fodder industry or you are reliant on fodder for your business, you cannot afford to miss the 2017 National Fodder Conference, hosted by AFIA. Lock the dates away now, 7-9 August 2017, and join us for the 2017 National Fodder Conference at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland.