Dairy spring forum at its informative best

By Mal Gill
December 11 2021 - 12:00am
Western Dairy training program graduates Zac Morris (left), who works for KG & KM Tyrell, Waterloo, Emily Tolland, who worked for the Haddon family at Busselton while she completed the training program but now works for the Negus family at Capel, and Callum Schoof, who works for Peter and Annette Mostert, Albany, were presented with their Certificate III in Dairy Production by Western Dairy training officer Rob La Grange at the spring forum.

A STRONG line-up of speakers and topics marked last week's Western Dairy annual Spring Forum as one of its best and most informative.

Former Western Dairy executive officer for more than 20 years, now consultant, Esther Jones made a welcome return as the leader of a panel discussion on next year's Dairy Poll vote to determine the dairy levy.

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Former Brisbane Lions AFL champion and dairy industry ambassador Jonathan Brown was an entertaining guest speaker by video link from Melbourne.

More than 70 dairy farmers and industry stakeholders attended the forum at Bunbury's Dolphin Discovery Centre.

MAL GILL attended for Farm Weekly and took these pictures.

Northcliffe dairy farmers Wally (left) and Juliet Bettink, with Peter Bostock, from Pioneer Seeds.
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's Bree Brown and Andrew Weinert, from Niche Agribusiness Consulting, a GeoCatch board member and a former Dairy Industry Association of Australia board member.
Harvey dairy farmer Dale Hanks (left), with Milne Feeds representatives Jess Andony, a former Western Dairy extension officer and Dean Maughan, Milne Feeds sales manager.
Young Benger dairy farmers Mason Norton (left) and Harrison Partridge.
Former Western Dairy chairwoman and Waroona dairy farmer Vicki Fitzpatrick (left), Brunswick dairy farmer and RSM representative Emily Marston and WAFarmers dairy council member Nicola Parker.
Western Dairy director Nick Brasher, FarmWest, former Western Dairy executive officer for more than 20 years Esther Jones and Western Dairy director and Narrikup dairy farmer Bonnie Ravenhill.
WAFarmers' dairy council president and Forest Grove dairy farmer Ian Noakes (left), dairy council executive manager Laura Stocker and Brad Weir, AMS Consulting, who gave an update on the Western Australian Dairy Industry Working Group's industry plan preparation.
CSBP Fertiliser area manager Lance Stubberfield (left) and Jarrod Murphy, Brunswick Agencies.

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