The Australian Attraction

Australia’s dairy industry continues to attract the interest of global investors despite some farmers questioning its longevity and future. So why is Australian dairy viewed as such a lucrative investment for those beyond our shores?

The Australian Dairy Conference Melbourne 2018 tackles global investment and the future of the nation’s dairy industry identifying aspects considered important for dairy investment, factors essential for farmers to make better business decisions and how to make farm enterprises more investor-ready.

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Lino A. Saputo, Jr. of Saputo Inc., will headline the session focusing on why he deems Australia an attractive proposition for investment on the back of investment into the Australian sector and the opportunities he sees ahead for the industry.

Australian Dairy Conference 2018 Programming Chair Scott Fitzgerald said that many Australian dairy farmers face an uncertain future and the focus was to shed light on how outsiders view our industry given significant interest in the industry from Canada, China and beyond.

“As an industry, dairy farmers are quite critical of ourselves as we continue to strive for better practices, methods and growth. To gain an external view of the industry and our environment is significant to appreciate what we are in fact getting right and recognise the incredible assets we have at our disposal,” said Mr Fitzgerald.

“Lino A. Saputo, Jr. will provide an overview of the reasons he feels Australian dairy is the right fit for his company whilst Colin Armer from Armer Farms, New Zealand shares why dairy was the right choice via his evolution from zero to 13,000 cows,” he said.

“Our aim is to provide the global overview and then some tangible outcomes that farmers can apply back in their business to improve productivity and future planning such as managing your workforce which has been critical to success for UK turned Tasmanian dairy farmer Matthew Gunningham.

“Whatever your level of involvement in the dairy industry there are key learnings as to why dairy is the industry of choice and applications to advance your dairy business,” said Mr Fitzgerald.

“For farm employees this will include what investors are looking for in their workforce when considering an opportunity and what pathways exist for the right people to succeed in organisations.”