Gardiner Dairy Foundation New Zealand Study Tour
Partner organisation: United Dairyfarmers of Victoria
The New Zealand Study Tour is an annual tour for five high-potential Victorian dairy industry representatives to travel to New Zealand where they learn about the local dairy industry, build their networks and gain valuable insights into world-class farming practices.
This People Development initiative forms part of Gardiner Dairy Foundations commitment to investing in emerging leaders and practices. It aims to attract and retain the next generation of dairy professionals by offering them an opportunity, early in their career, to see the industry as a desirable and rewarding place to work.
Strategic importance to the industry
The dairy industry needs to build leaders that are motivated to evolve its business and production systems to world class standards given that the industry is facing increased international competition.
Dairy farming in New Zealand is world class and it is highly valuable for young, career-minded Victorian dairy representatives to be exposed to the most impressive elements of this industry. The knowledge they gain assists them to initiate positive changes in the Australian industry. Delegates are encouraged to bring key learnings back home to improve local farming practices.
For many years Gardiner Dairy Foundation has been the sole funder of the New Zealand Study Tour. The tour provides young people from the Victorian dairy industry an opportunity to gain a broader perspective of agricultural systems and methods by visiting farmers, research organisations and industry leaders embedded in the New Zealand dairy industry. The tour forms part of an accredited unit of the National Centre of Dairy Education: Certificate IV Support and Review Business Structures and Relationships, and aims to engage passionate and skilled ambassadors who will work in and promote the industry.
Delegates visit dairy farms that are utilising a variety of farm systems and technologies, they tour dairy research and processing facilities, and they visit the Federated Farmers of New Zealand to learn about industry issues and advocacy work. They also visit agricultural sites and meet like-minded young people with a passion for the dairy industry.
Applications for the 2017 New Zealand Study Tour open in September 2016