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Welcome to the 2019 Dairy Research Foundation Symposium

This year we focus on Feedbase and Home-Grown Feed, as the basis of profitable dairy systems in any type of production system.

The annual Symposium is the Dairy Research Foundation’s signature event, and is the largest Dairy event in NSW, widely recognised throughout the Australian dairy industry as a showcase of science into practice.

We are delighted to head south this year and be able to have our Symposium in Bega, among beautiful pasture-based dairy farms in the stunning Bega Valley!

With feed accounting for over 50% of production cost in any production system, an efficient home-grown Feedbase can have a massive impact on the bottom line of individual farms. But achieving that is not an easy task. It is not just about the forages, but also the water and nutrients to grow them and their conversion into milk. How can we unlock the true feedbase potential of pasture and intensive dairy systems? This year’s symposium in the Bega Valley aims to find the answers to this question!

Our guest speakers come from opposite sides of the world and production systems. Dr David Chapman from DairyNZ is a true world expert in feedbase research. Dr Edwin Kreykes is a renown veterinarian consultant in Iowa who specialises in milking management for top milk quality. These international speakers will be joined by Australian professionals and top dairy farmers from a range of production systems including pasture-based from Bega Valley and Victoria and TMR from SA and NSW.

Farm Day will be at “Cedar Grove”, Angledale, where Ken Kimber and his family will showcase their advanced farming practices, and consultants and researchers will lead interactive Q&A sessions on topics ranging from irrigation to nitrogen to adoption of technologies to milking management! And on top of that, our famous Emerging Scientists competition, in which tomorrow’s researcher leaders share their current research and you, the audience, choose the winner!

The far South Coast and the Bega Valley offer innumerable attractions, so why not to take a well-deserved break, come over to the Symposium and maybe even spend some additional time in this beautiful part of Australia.

We look forward to seeing you in Bega in July!


The Dairy Research Foundation team  

For further information, please click here for the Symposium Program

Quick Program Overview

9:00 AM
  • NSW Dairy Industry Forum & Dairy Research Foundation Symposium

    VENUE: Merri-Winga Auditorium,  Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Zingel Place, Bega NSW 2550 

    9.00am: Registration and Morning Tea

    9.45am: NSW Dairy Industry Forum

    11.30am: Lunch

    12.30pm:  Dairy Research Foundation Symposium 

    2.30pm: Afternoon Tea

    5.30pm: Concludes

    8.5 hours
6:45 PM
  • Symposium Dinner

    VENUE: Biamanga Foyer for predinner followed by Merri-Winga Auditorium,  Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Zingel Place, Bega NSW


    6.45pm  Predinner drinks: Biamanga Foyer, Level 1

    7.15pm  Symposium Dinner:  Merri-Winga Auditorium, Ground Level


    3.75 hours
7:00 AM
  • Women's Breakfast - hosted by Far South Coast Women in Dairy

    VENUE: Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, 13/11 Lagoon St, Bega NSW 2550

    This is a free event, however bookings are essential. To register for this event, please click here.


    1.25 hours
8:30 AM
  • Farm Day

    VENUE: 'Cedar Grove', 35 Ottonville Road (off Angledale Road) Angledale, NSW

    8.30am:  Welcome and Introduction

    9.00am - 1.00pm: Emerging Scientist Presentations

    1.00pm-1.30pm: Lunch, Winners Announced and Symposium Closing


    5 hours

Online Ticket Sales have Closed.

If you would still like to attend, please contact the Event Organiser, Tara Wolfson on 02 8089 1388 or via the enquiry form below. Thank you. 

Registration Details for the Women's Breakfast (hosted by Far South Coast Women in Dairy)

Thurs 11th July, 7am to 8.15am, Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, 13/11 Lagoon Street, Bega

This is a free event, however bookings are essential. To register for this event, please click here

Thank you to our Sponsors

Contact the event organiser

Use the details below or the contact form to the right to get in touch.

Tara Wolfson, EJM Events 02 8089 1388