A dairy story: Rachael Barnes


Rachael Barnes was one of the fortunate young dairy enthusiasts given the opportunity to attend the National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp in Tatura, Victoria earlier this year.

The five day camp allowed participants to develop their knowledge in handling dairy heifers, discuss breeding and discover new technologies. Each participant learnt key skills to care for cattle, including daily feeding, watering, washing, grooming, clipping and monitoring.

Rachael came to the camp with an interest in learning more about dairy cattle and making new friends. Fortunately for Rachael that’s exactly what she got out of the camp. “The National All Breeds Youth Camp has been the best camp I have ever been to! I enjoyed my time there very much and gained heaps of new skills I didn’t know. Meeting so many new people was good and engaging in people’s previous experiences was really intriguing as each one was different.”

After Rachael left school she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. She’d always had an interest in children and making them smile so decided to enrol in Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. “This allowed me to keep studying and gain a qualification whilst not losing my writing skills or my ability to learn new things.”

Rachael now has a full time job in the childhood industry and really enjoys it, but she can’t escape her love for cows. Growing up on a family dairy farm was what sparked Rachael’s interest in cows.  “I loved helping with the calves each morning and night”.

When Rachael was at school she joined the Dairy Show Team. In the team she showed Dairy cattle at local and other big shows. “I am still showing with them and thoroughly enjoy it as I can educate the younger students of what I have learnt, whilst still being able to interact with the cattle. Our team is purely run by volunteers using their own money and we are forever grateful for the opportunity they give to us.”

Rachael is happy where her life is heading. “My advice to others is if you are considering a career or have an interest in the dairy industry, I highly suggest you attend the Youth Dairy Camp. Also if you love Dairy cows and want to learn how to care for them, then this is the camp to go to. Not many people are given these opportunities and you can gain so much in just five days. You can develop networks with people in different jobs and meet so many new people.”

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Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship 2017


$12,000 Scholarship now open!

Young people starting out in the dairy industry – and those already under way in their farming careers will be offered the chance of a lifetime to give a major boost to their knowledge and skills.

Sounds interesting doesn’t it?

Applications are open for the $12,000 Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship for 2017.  A scheme which seeks to encourage enthusiastic students between the ages of 17 and 45 as they undertake further education related to any sector of the dairy industry.

The Greenham Dairy Scholarship is awarded on a range of criteria including:

  • How the applicant will use the money to improve their skills and knowledge
  • How important the scholarship is to them being able to realise their ambitions
  • Potential benefits to the dairy industry or farm enterprise
  • Previous academic, industry and/or personal achievements

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Applications close 31 January 2017.

It’s All Coming Together For The National Dairy Youth Camp


Young people from across the country are preparing to venture to Tatura Park in early January for the National Dairy All Breeds Youth Camp 2017.

With places filling fast, Event Organiser, Industry Trainer for GOTAFE National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE), Lucy Galt said the Camp is set to be the best yet.

During the five day Camp, participants will develop their knowledge in handling dairy heifers, discuss breeding and discover new technology. Each participant will learn how to care for cattle, including daily feeding, watering, washing, grooming, clipping and monitoring.

Each year the event focusses on a particular theme. The theme for this camp has just been announced, Animal Health and Welfare, a follow on from last year’s theme Nutrition.

“Participants also learn judging, showing and clipping skills, take part in team activities and also peer judging of each other’s showmanship,” explained Ms Galt.

“Participants will develop their confidence in handling dairy Heifers, discuss breeding and new technology. Each participant is supplied with a Heifer and will learn how to care for the animal in the lead up to competition day”.

Holstein Australia is having a classifier attend the event who will be teaching the participants the structure of a cow and advise them on what judges are looking for when they are in the ring.

As the event is running in Tatura, Tatura Milk has organised a private factory tour for the camp. This is a great opportunity for participates to see a fully functioning Dairy factory operate.

“We would like to thank International Dairy Week and Dairy Australia for their support and significant contribution to the event, the supporters, volunteers and John Maher for donating his time to discuss show ethics. Our Major Sponsor, the Dairy Beef Alliance, Team Sponsors ABS Australia, Genetics Australia, Alta Genetics, Profit-a-bull and SEMEX. We would like to thank each of these organisations for their very generous sponsorships because without Sponsors the Camp can’t run.”

To register your interest in attending visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au/youthcamp or call Lucy Galt on 0488 144 999. Register before October 30 to be in the draw to win a GOPRO.

Strong Interest for National Dairy Youth Camp


Young people from across the country have shown strong interest in the upcoming National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp.

With places filling fast, Event Organiser, Industry Trainer for GOTAFE National Centre for Dairy Education, Lucy Galt said the Camp is set to be the best yet.

Ms Galt went on to say the event has had a long history of supporting dairy enthusiasts and said that the event would not be possible without the support of the industry and its sponsors. Read more…

An Accidental Pathway into Agriculture


Finn Leahy never planned on a career in Agriculture, during his time at St Pauls Anglican Grammar School, he focused on a pathway involving Graphic Design and Architecture.

After completing Year 12, Finn didn’t want to rush into university, so instead he started working on a farm; it didn’t take long to get him hooked.

Finn is now undertaking a Traineeship, studying Certificate III and IV in Agriculture with GOTAFE’s National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE) and working with C & CJ Bagot.

GOTAFE NCDE Trainer Thelma Hutchison said Finn is deserving of his recent nomination as a Finalist in the 2016 Baw Baw Shire Business Excellence Award Young Achiever Award. Read more…

NCDE Industry Celebration


The NCDE recognised the achievements of 15 graduating students as part of the WestVic Dairy South West Dairy Awards on 19 May 2016 at Deakin University Warrnambool.

The NCDE students were recognised during the evening in front of more than 250 guests that included their peers, family and friends, as well farmers and industry representatives there to celebrate their achievements. Read more…

National Dairy Conference Converges on Shepparton


GOTAFE’s National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE) are set to welcome industry delegates from across the country at this week’s Australian Dairy Conference.
Held at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre, the two day conference will see 300 dairy farmers, scientists and industry leaders discuss the future of the industry during a range of seminars.
GOTAFE NCDE Northern Commercial Manager, Neil Aird said the annual event travels across the country touring prominent dairy regions and has this year chosen Shepparton as its hub.
“We are honored to sponsor this year’s conference right here in Shepparton. There are over 500 dairy businesses within a few hours of us, many of which undertake our training programs, so we are looking forward to giving them the opportunity to hear from the experts in our field to explore where the future of this vital industry is headed,” explained Mr Aird.
“We are excited to be showcasing our region to the industry.”
The Conference program includes seminars about new techniques and business models from innovative farmers, new technologies from leading university researchers and scientists, and the world’s biggest dairy exporter.
“The Australian Dairy Conference is vital to our industry. We need to learn from each other and work together to build a solid future for us all. I am particularly interested to hear from the likes of Sam and Mark Billings who we have worked with in Western Victoria and Janet Moxey who kindly spoke at one of our graduations a number of years back.”
Conference highlights also include Alexandra Iljadica from the Youth Food Movement, aimed at getting young people interested in food, the launch of the Good Bulls app and Sir Henry van der Heyden, the winner of the prestigious 2015 Rabobank Leadership Award for his contribution to food, beverage and agribusiness sections who will discuss the importance of creating change.
The Australian Dairy Conference official welcome function will be held on Tuesday 16 February 2016 at the Queens Gardens, Shepparton and conclude on Thursday 18 February 2016.
GOTAFE and the industry body Dairy Australia partner to deliver specific dairy training for the dairy industry via the National Centre for Dairy Education. Providing both short and full nationally recognised training courses at GOTAFE campuses in Shepparton, Gippsland and the Western District.
For those interested in further information about GOTAFE NCDE programs, please visit www.gotafencde.edu.au or call 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).