Australian Dairy Conference

Young Dairy Scientist Communication Award

The Australian Dairy Conference Young Dairy Scientist Communication Award aims to be the most prestigious and esteemed award for young dairy scientists. 

The competition has been a long running part of ADC conferences, but after a break from the program over the last two years,  ADC brought the initiative back to the 2017 program with a fresh face and a highly desirable prize.  

The Young Scientist session is always highly commended and sought after by our delegates, who are information seekers and have an appetite for learning about new technologies and research within the dairy industry.

The award is aimed at early-stage career scientists, and nominees must have completed a recognized unit of study within the past five years.

The finalists of the Young Dairy Scientist Award are required to:

  • Prepare an article for submission to the Australian Dairy Farmers Journal (a copy of this will be printed in the conference proceedings)
  • Prepare something to display for presentation to delegates at the ADC event. 
  • Prepare and deliver a six-minute powerpoint presentation at the conference
  • Attend the conference Gala dinner where the winner will be announced

Each finalist will be given a complimentary full conference registration to attend ADC in Melbourne plus a travel allowance.  

Applications for this award closed 29 September 2017.


The 2018 ADC Young Dairy Scientist Award is proudly sponsored by Dow AgroSciences.


Winner of the 2017 Young Dairy Scientist Award

At the 2017 Adelaide Conference, Rachael Rodney from the University of Sydney was awarded the Young Dairy Scientist Award Winner.

Rachael is currently completing her PhD with Scibus and the Faculty of Veterinary Science including collaboration with the University of Florida, FL. Her work is focused on linkages between cattle nutrition and reproduction in transition cattle. Rachael has previously worked in sustainable agriculture policy and completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience in 2010 with honours (first class) in reproduction.

Her focus piece for the Award was 'Sunshine vitamin offers opportunities for brighter cow health and productivity' dishing up transition diets including calcidiol and anionic feeds and seeing exciting improvements in cow health and productivity. Particular interest has been towards 'milk fever' and prevention via nutrition. 

Congratulations Rachael and the 2017 finalists:

  • Rachael Rodney, University of Sydney
  • Martin Harmer, PCG Wrighton Seeds
  • Momema Khatun, University of Sydney
  • Amy Fay & Harriet Bawden, Accelerating Change Project, Murray Dairy
  • Gustavo Togeiro De Alckmin, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
  • Joshua Aleri, Murdoch University





































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