The next generation of dairy farmers have been celebrated by the Victorian State Government this morning, at the United Dairy farmers of Victoria (UDV) Young Farmers Breakfast.
Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford officially opened the UDV Annual Conference with an address to the state’s young dairy leaders.
“Victorian dairy farmers continue to shine above and beyond the rest of Australia and we know it’s thanks to the ingenuity and innovation of our young leaders in the industry and as a government, we stand right with you.
“We’ll continue to work with industry partners and dairy farmers directly to ensure timely, targeted and well-coordinated support is delivered when it’s needed,” she said.
The breakfast comes as part of the government’s $18 million dairy support package, which has had its mental health support component extended into 2017.
Minister Pulford will visit the Murray Goulburn Rochester and Kiewa plants next week to meet with workers and their union, suppliers and local councils.
The government insists it “is focused on the attraction and retention of young farmers on the land”, a claim made stronger by the creation of the Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council.
Made up of 11 young farmers, the council meets regularly to provide direct advice to the State Government about what young farmers need to stay on the land and grow their farm businesses.