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.
Social Media Teleconference
25 January 2017
Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) has partnered with the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) to co-host a specially-designed teleconference on Thursday 16 February 2017 titled ‘Social media still scary?’ for their respective members to demystify social media and learn about the exciting opportunities of being more active online.
For interested women in agriculture including women in fodder, the teleconference will address the following social media questions:
Are you digitally savvy?
Do you know the difference between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn?
Are you connecting with your family, community or business via social media?
Are you aware of digital privacy, sharing documents and data online (cloud computing)?
If you answered 'no' to one of the questions above, then this is the teleconference just for you and the best part, it's free. AWiA Company Secretary, Elizabeth Brennan, will present an interactive one-hour workshop that anyone can join via teleconference regardless of their postcode, from the comfort of their own home, office or even the roadside.
We will be emailing you a few resources once you've registered and a couple days beforehand, we will send you the teleconference details and a booklet that you can use to follow along during the teleconference. We understand the frustrations of slow internet so it won't be necessary to be online during the teleconference but you are more than welcome to do so, if you prefer to learn that way.
There will also be a short amount of time to discuss topics that aren't covered in this introduction to social media, so please bring along any curly questions you may have.
To register for the teleconference, click on the green Register button via this link:
Teleconference date & time: Thursday 16 February 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm (AEDT)
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Fodder Industry Association
W: (03) 9670 0523
M: 0438 182 600