The United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) is calling all young dairy leaders to apply for the 2020 Gardiner
Dairy Foundation UDV New Zealand Study Tour and explore the best of the New Zealand dairy industry in
“The annual New Zealand Study Tour is an amazing opportunity for emerging industry leaders to learn from
New Zealand’s innovative dairy farmers and industry professionals, develop their leadership skills, network
with other young dairy professionals, and gain invaluable skills they can take back to their own farms or
businesses,” said Mr Paul Mumford, UDV President.
“During the eight-day trip, participants will tour a variety of farm systems and technologies on New
Zealand’s most productive dairy farms, cutting-edge dairy research centres and advanced processing
“Previous participants of the study tour have gone on to assume more responsibility on their farm or
business, represent their region at the UDV Policy Council, contribute to their communities, and win awards,
such as the Australian Young Farmer of the Year.
“Participants have told us that the tour has been the most beneficial professional development they have
undertaken in their careers so far.
“I strongly encourage young dairy leaders to take this opportunity to immerse themselves in the New
Zealand dairy industry and gain leadership skills that they will use throughout their careers,” said Mr
To be eligible, applicants must be aged between 18 and 35 years, hold an Australian passport, be actively
involved in the Victorian dairy industry either on farm or in the supply chain, and be available for travel in
Applications for the New Zealand Study Tour close at 9am on Monday the 14 October, with selection
interviews to be held in Melbourne. To apply, please visit www.vff.org.au/UDVTour
The 2020 Gardiner Dairy Foundation UDV New Zealand Study Tour is funded by the Gardiner Dairy
Paul Mumford, UDV President, 0439 790 469
Heather Smillie, VFF Stakeholder, Media & Communications Officer, 0400 874 589
About the VFF
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is dedicated to representing the interests of farmers and making a
positive difference to their businesses and communities. We strive to create an environment for our
members, our farmers, that enables profitable, safe, sustainable production to ensure an enduring social
licence in a community that respects and values the sector.