Community Landcare and Agriculture Leadership program participants explored what dairy farming might look like in the future on a recent trip to the Goulburn Valley.
Now in its fourth year, the program is designed to assist participants develop their personal leadership skills, gain practical knowledge of innovative agribusiness and natural resources management practices and increase their networks.
The leadership program’s focus is on sustainable land management and its 24 participants, who have been drawn from north-east Victoria and the Goulburn Valley, visited various locations across the Goulburn Valley, including Kelvin Bruce’s Lancaster dairy farm, a robotic dairy at the University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus and the Benalla Botanical Gardens.
The group also met winemaker and viticulturist Richard Tallis, who shared stories about innovation in winemaking, and Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District manager Chris Hazelman, who gave some insights into the contribution migrants have made to Shepparton and surrounds.
As part of the tour, the group contemplated ways of using the media to support and promote landscape and agriculture, ways local producers are adapting to climate change as well as learning about local catchment management and climate change.
The Goulburn Valley field trip is a highlight of the seven-day Community Landcare and Agriculture Leadership program designed for those working or volunteering in natural resources management.