Dairy & Agriculture industry celebrates students achievements


GOTAFE’s National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE), in partnership with Dairy Australia (DA) will host an Industry Celebration on Wednesday 10 May 2017 at the GV Hotel Shepparton.

The evening celebrates the successful completion of qualifications by students along with announcing the 2016 Outstanding Student of the Year.  Local, regional and national industry representatives, including representatives from Dairy Australia and Murray Dairy will also be in attendance.

GOTAFE NCDE Trainer, James Goulding taught Student of the Year, Rory Shepherd from Nathalia who completed Certificate III in Agriculture – Dairy Production (AHC30210).

“Rory is a very committed and diligent student who shows maturity beyond his years. He works on a Bio Dynamic accredited farm where he is actively applying the skills, knowledge and techniques, he has learnt on and off the job. Rory is only too happy to share with the class his experiences and only last week hosted a farm walk where he and his father gave a very in-depth presentation on how the Bio Dynamic principles work.

“We know from our industry contacts and continuing relationships with the students that Rory’s story is not unique and many of our students are furthering their careers in the dairy industry and broader agriculture.”

HW Greenham & Sons Pty Ltd, a multi-million dollar meat export business has teamed up with GOTAFE to offer a scholarship designed to encourage and support young people wanting to explore a career and training in the dairy industry but who are facing financial hardships.

For the first time, the 2017 Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship will be awarded as part of the event, explained GOTAFE’s NCDE Commercial Manager, Luke Prime.

“2012 Winner Katherine Snell will showcase what she has been able to achieve with the assistance of the Scholarship and the brand new Scholarship recipient will be announced.”

The evening will also feature a panel session with four industry representatives looking at the future opportunities of the food and fibre industry.

GOTAFE award recipients:

Award Course Student Home Town
Encouragement Award Certificate II in Agriculture
AHC20110
Leah Orton Gapsted
Outstanding Student Award Certificate II in Agriculture  AHC20110 Jack Leahy

 

Khancoban
Encouragement Award Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
AHC30210
Josh Turvey Koondrook
Outstanding Student Award Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
AHC30210
Rory Shepherd Nathalia
Encouragement Award Certificate IV in Agriculture (AHC40116)

 

Madeleine Monk Kyabram
Outstanding Student Award Certificate IV in Agriculture (AHC40116)

 

Meeka Wigg Lockington
Outstanding Student Award Diploma in Agriculture (AHC50110)

 

James Whatman Muckatah
Overall Student of the Year Award 2016 Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
AHC30210
Rory Shepherd Nathalia

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…