Young dairy leaders urged to apply for NZ Study Tour

Wednesday 9 September, 2015

The United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) is urging all young dairy leaders to apply for the New Zealand Study Tour.

Fully funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, the study tour takes Victoria’s best young industry minds to New Zealand in February next year for an eight day tour.

“I encourage all young dairy farmers and those employed in the industry to apply for this fantastic tour,” UDV Manager Vin Delahunty said.
“It is a great opportunity for someone who is seeking more skills and knowledge to take on leadership roles in the industry.

“This year’s participants have really stepped up in the industry and shown what a difference the tour can make to a young person’s career.”

Aaron Thomas, a dairy farmer from Binginwarri, is one participant who has taken the opportunities the NZ Study Tour offered to advance his career.

He has recently taken on the position of President of the Yarram branch of the UDV, along with fellow participant Hayden Hanratty who is now treasurer/secretary.

“The NZ trip is probably the best thing I’ve done in my career, it sparked me up and got me really passionate about making a difference in the industry,” Aaron said.

Applications open for the Gardiner Dairy Foundation UDV New Zealand Study Tour 2016 on Monday, September 14th and close on Friday, October 2nd. 

To apply you need to:

Be aged between 18-35 years;
Hold a current Australian passport ;
Be available for travel late January/February 2015;
Actively participate in the dairy industry - either on or off-farm;
Be enrolled in or have completed studies related to the dairy industry, such as the NCDE Certificate II, III, or IV; or proven participation in dairy industry short course(s) such as those run by GippsDairy, Westvic Dairy, Murray Dairy, DEDJTR and others;
Agree to have an ongoing relationship with the UDV and Gardiner Dairy Foundation and
Utilise leadership skills upon return by undertaking leadership roles in the industry and/or community.

Selection interviews are to be held in Melbourne during October 2015.

Application forms will be available on the UDV section of the VFF website   on the ‘Media and Events page’. For more information contact Ashlee Hammond at  or phone 03 9207 5556.

Media Contacts
Vin Delahunty, UDV Manager                                     0468 995 355
Tom Whitty, VFF Media Manager                               0417 165 784