Australian Dairy Conference

WANTED: Clever ideas and innovation

Entries for 'The Pitch' ADC Melbourne 2018 have now CLOSED.

The hunt is on to find the nation's most ingenious and creative dairy innovation in a new initiative 'THE PITCH' as part of the Australian Dairy Conference 2018.

Seeking the top ideas, innovations, tips, tools, products or services that deliver immediate on-farm impact, entries are open to farmers, public and private organisations, sponsors, research bodies, scientists and service companies to bring novel and creative ideas to farmer delegates.

A shortlist of up to 10 finalists will be selected to present their concept to ADC Melbourne 2018 with an engaging and entertaining FIVE minute pitch to a judging panel and Conference delegates. Finalists will need to demonstrate why their idea is the number one thing farmers should introduce or act on when they return to their dairy business post Conference.

If you think you or your business have the ingenuity or concept with potential to make an impact on the national dairy stage see conditions of entry below.


  • A specific idea, tip, tool, practice, product or service relevant to the dairy industry
  • Easily implemented on-farm with immediate and direct benefit and/or impact within one month
  • Exhibit a realistic and demonstrated cost and ROI
  • Demonstrate why idea/concept is the number one thing farmers should introduce


  • Open to any individual, company, public and/or private organisation
  • Available but not limited to farmers, farm employees, researchers, consultants, industry bodies, vets, scientists, RD&E organisations, students, inventors, product/service companies and sponsors
  • Initial application process by ADC THE PITCH entry form
  • Up to 10 finalists will be shortlisted by ADC panel to present their concept at ADC Melbourne 2018
  • Finalists will receive ADC Conference registration to the value of $600 as part of their entry. 


  • Up to 10 finalists will be selected to present at ADC Melbourne 2018 to a panel of judges and Conference audience
  • Presentations are encouraged to be novel and entertaining (think 'Shark Tank' style)
  • Presentations are limited to FIVE minutes only
  • Props and imagery to support your presentation are encouraged. Powerpoint presentations not allowed
  • Two category winners will be announced - ADC Judging Panel and People's Choice (voted via smartphone App)
  • Winners will receive complimentary FULL registration to Australian Dairy Conference 2019

Entries for The Pitch at ADC Melbourne 2018 have now closed.

Check out this innovation from Victorian dairy farmer Lauren Finger's father to improve on-farm safety and productivity. For an investment of $59.80 for some magnetic strips plus some cable ties he managed to improve efficiency and manoueverability for moving electric fence posts.



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