AFIA 2017 National Fodder Conference Wrap-up
16 August 2017
The Gold Coast sun shone bright and warm last week at the RACV Royal Pines Resort to welcome over 200 delegates to the annual Australian Fodder Industry Association’s (AFIA) 2017 National Fodder Conference. With a theme of ‘Feeding Innovation, Growing Success’, delegates were treated to an outstanding program of speakers who shared information and expertise on a wide range of topics. Opened by Mrs Kay Hull, the Chair of the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation, the conference program unfolded with key note addresses from Dr Jonathon Reich from Alforex Seeds in the USA talking about the global breeding program for lucerne and Professor Mark Howden from Australian National University on adapting Australian agriculture systems to a changing climate.
Massey Ferguson, as major conference sponsors, went all out with a world exclusive appearance of its new ultra-high density baler, the MF2370UHD. This machine generated a lot of interest, parked on the lawn amongst a range of other equipment from Krone, New Holland, John Deere, Lely, JCB and Manitou. The MF2370UHD is not available just yet but by the number of delegates looking over it, interest was certainly peaked for its arrival in 2018. As always, the machinery display at this year’s conference was a real draw-card for delegates and proved a remarkable backdrop to pre-dinner drinks on Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday delegates heard from both Meat & Livestock Australia and Dairy Australia on the situation and outlook for both the red meat and dairy industries. Following these presentations, Dr Andy Sheppard from CSIRO spoke about the future opportunities for using gene technology in pest and weed management.
On Wednesday afternoon, Lallemand Animal Nutrition and AFIA launched their new partnership program, the Lallemand Animal Nutrition Gen Ag Future Fund which will see $3,000 awarded annually by Lallemand Animal Nutrition in association with AFIA to an AFIA Gen Ag member to assist with further education or costs to undertake a specific project that will benefit the Australian fodder industry.
And this is just a few of the many highlights from a packed two day conference.
The conference social functions were highlights for many, providing relaxed opportunities to catch up with friends and colleagues and to celebrate the success of the fodder industry.
In 2018 the National Fodder Conference returns to South Australia to the Adelaide Convention Centre from 29-31 July 2018. Put it in your diary now.
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Fodder Industry Association
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