ADC prides itself on setting new directions and agendas for the Australian dairy industry. Part of this delivery is sourcing and delivering an inspirational, innovative and entrepreneurial line up for delegates.

As part of the ADC ethos, the Conference aims to bring you global innovators, thought-provokers and key influencers that will challenge the status quo with topics and insights of which delegates may not otherwise have the opportunity to be exposed.

2019 Program includes the following line up of speakers and international guests:

Bold leadership – insights and perspective from Dr Brendan Nelson (former Defence Minister and curator Australian War Memorial), political scientist and commentator Peter van Onselen and Dairy Australia Managing Director Dr Dave Nation.

Behind the farm gate – antibiotics and bobby calves – NZ case studies on minimising antibiotic use, processor perspective and dairy farmer best practice including Dr John Penry (Anexa/Cognosco), Dr Sarah Bolton (Nuffield Scholar), Ken Kimber (Bega dairyfarmer) and Jo Coombe (Dairy Australia)

New frontiers in the diet wars – how real is the threat, how alternative are alternative milks and the value of speaking the consumer language including Dr Judith Bryans (International Dairy Federation President & Chief Executive Dairy UK), Dr Anneline Padayachee (Simple Scientist), Melissa Clark Reynolds (Beef and Lamb NZ) and Melissa Cameron (Dairy Australia).

Insight into the world of milk processing – Rabobank’s Mary Ledman shows a global example of a processor and supply base with mutual respect before a panel of executives from five competitive dairy companies take to the stage hosted by Rabobank’s Michael Harvey.

High tech dairy farming– genomics, productivity gains via genetic data and farming from our phones including Australia’s best dairy farm apps including Professor Andrew Cromie (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation), Brad Nosbush (US dairyfarmer) and Victorian dairy farmers Jared Ireland and John Pekin.

Dairy Elders – Irish expert Dr Nollaig Heffernan talks about the Australian quality of resilience whilst journalist and broadcaster Virginia Haussegger interviews three dairy hero women sharing their stories of resilience, strength, endurance and wisdom to close the conference.

ADC 2019 Canberra Program available here

ADC 2019 Presentations