• We bring value to the dairy industry by investing in people to create leaders

  • We are experienced in dairy; by collaborating with industry we have developed together over the past 16 years

  • We contribute to the conversation on dairy by sharing knowledge and inspiring improved practices

  • Our support to the Victorian dairy industry is upheld by a prudent and successful investment strategy

Our Vision

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation vision is to invest in emerging leaders and practices to help develop a long term future for the dairy industry


  • >$60m invested since 2000
  • 730 projects funded over 16 years
  • $165m total value of cash and in-kind contribution

Strategic Investments

Our strategic investments focus on five key areas; Pre-farm Gate Innovation, Post-farm Gate Innovation, People Development, Industry Support and Community Development 

  • Pre-farm Gate Innovation

    Australian dairy farms must remain profitable and internationally competitive in a complex and challenging environment. Our funding in Pre-farm Gate Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) aligns with the priority areas as identified by the national strategic framework ‘Dairy Moving Forward.’

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  • Post-farm Gate Innovation

    A sustainable dairy industry needs innovation, safe production processes as well as the ability and understanding to adapt to changing markets and consumer sentiments. Our Post-farm Gate funding supports Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) in these areas.

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  • People Development

    Gardiner Dairy Foundation invests in emerging leaders to help develop a long term future for the industry. Our investment is through programs integrated across the dairy value chain. 

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  • Industry Support

    Gardiner Dairy Foundation supports industry to drive change and enable improvement through collaborative relationships with key industry stakeholders.

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  • Community Development

    Supporting the communities that underpin the dairy industry

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News and Events

Our latest media releases, articles, blogs and events

  • More Tertiary Scholarships for students in dairy communities

    MEDIA RELEASE Friday 5 October 2018
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  • Study Tour an opportunity to explore NZ dairy

    MEDIA RELEASE Friday 14 September 2018
    Read More Gardiner Foundation 2 months ago
  • Call for future dairy community leaders

    MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 6 September
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  • Characterising responses to GnRH before AI in dairy cows

    This project was undertaken to enhance the reproductive performance of dairy cows in synchronisation programs by improvi...
    Read More Gardiner Foundation 5 years ago
  • Linking milk powder back to the farm

    In order to make the manufacturing process of milk powders more efficient, this project aimed to better understand the r...
    Read More Gardiner Foundation 5 years ago
  • Links between pre-milking hygiene and mastitis risk

    This research was undertaken over two years to determine whether pre-milking hygiene treatments would be cost effective.
    Read More Gardiner Foundation 5 years ago