From the Experts

Dairy landscape keeps changing

By Dairy News

HARVEST IS once again done and dusted and, as expected, my hay fever certainly did go into overdrive. It is always great to see tractors and harvest machinery busy doing silage around the district.

The rain has been fairly kind to us as well and crops and pasture re-growth are as we hoped. Much has been happening in the dairy industry, particularly with news of Saputo putting in an off er for Murray Goulburn.

The landscape is rapidly changing here in south-west Victoria for the dairy industry and the next 12 months will be interesting to watch. Of course, our remit here at WestVic Dairy is one of extension and support to our farmers in their decision making.

We do not get involved in the advocacy side or any political decisions, but we are still here on a daily basis if you, as a farmer, need our assistance in other areas. We have much on off er in 2018-many sessions on farm business management, our Focus Farm days, employment and people matters and animal health updates.

You choose where you might have some gaps in your training or understanding and then come along to any of the days we have coming up. If you can’t find what you need, give the office a call and our friendly extension staff  can help make a plan to get it sorted for you.

The festive season is nearly here and we at WestVic Dairy hope that means you get some time with extended family and friends. Often it can be a stressful time in many businesses, but even a few hours off -farm in between milking and feeding can be important to recharge the body and mind.

Merry Christmas to all and I hope the season ahead is a good one for all of you, including all our four-legged friends.

• Simone Renyard, WestVic Dairy chair