Camembert in the Classroom
2011 to 2016
2010 to 2016
Picasso Cows & Picasso Cows Make-Over Programs
Farm Safety Adventure Program
2017 to 2019
Cows Create Careers – School to Industry
2010 to 2012
Great Wall of Dairy
2012 to 2013
2012 to 2013
Gippsland Grows Green Grass
2008 to 2009
4 Teats Learn to Grow
2009 to 2010
Great Ocean Road – Take Journey Initiative
2007 to 2008
Herd ’19 Conference
Camembert in the Classroom Project:
Camembert in the Classroom project involves:
The Dairy Manufacturing project:
The Dairy Manufacturing project involves:
Dairy Australia’s Picasso Cows program is a free curriculum based program, assisting primary school teachers in telling the Australian dairy industry story. It incorporates a focus on children developing nutrition and food origin knowledge, helping them to establish healthy eating habits for life.
The program makes the learning process engaging by creatively bringing the dairy industry to life for everyone involved. The program is hands on, highly interactive and motivational, catering for many learning styles. It encourages the development of ideas and creativity through cooperation and teamwork.
The Picasso Cows program has been written in accordance with the Australian Curriculum and is supported by a selection of resources for teachers. These resources contain extensive curriculum links and have been designed to complement teacher programming.
Each participating school works on a blank, life-size fibre glass cow. The learning focus will be on one of the following dairy-related themes:
An information module coincides with each of the above themes and can be found on the Discover Dairy website: www.dairy.edu.au/discoverdairy In addition to working on the cow, students create a school journal documenting the learning journey from start to finish.
On program completion, 10 students, teachers and parents from each participating school in the region or metropolitan area attend a presentation day. A Legendary prize of $250 is awarded to the school with the highest aggregate score for the cow and school learning journal.
Each participating school keeps their cow and school learning journal at the end of the program. To generate media around the program, teachers are provided with a media toolkit. The toolkit will assist schools to promote themselves as well as key messages about dairy foods and the Australian dairy industry to the wider community.
Dairy Australia’s Farm Safety Adventure is intended to educate upper primary school students and their families about farm safety. This is achieved through a variety of activities, with an online portal being the main focus.
Participating schools and students will have access to Dairy Australia’s Farm Safety Adventure Portal
This contains modules about the Farm Safety Topics below:
The students will spend approximately 15 minutes completely each module in the portal but using the Learn, Test and Play functions of the portal.
Other Activities will include:
The Cows Create Careers – Schools to Industry project aims to reconnect with Cows Create Careers – Farm Module schools to facilitate, in conjunction with the schools, a work experience placement of interested secondary school students into the dairy industry. The project aims to utilise the network of enthusiastic industry advocates and dairy farmers to host the placements and to connect these people to the People in Dairy principles and resources.
There has been an amazing amount of learning associated with this project. Project Managers thought it was important to capture the final project model in a flow chart which demonstrates the steps involved in facilitating the work experience process between industry and schools.
The Cows Create Careers – School to Industry program utilised a database of interested students as a result of the Farm Module program. The following steps were taken:
A group model was used to connect student with workplaces as part of this program.
Encourage teachers to educate students about the health and nutritional benefits of Australian dairy products and the importance of the Australian dairy industry through a creative and interactive art project.
In the briefing session teachers or school representatives will:
In the classroom students will:
On the Presentation Day students, teachers and parents will:
Each school is provided with a 1.37 x 5 metre banner and paint supplies.
Schools must choose one (or more) questions from the list below and the students will answer the question(s) through their design. In addition to the banner, students must also create a class learning journal that documents their learning journey from start to finish.
To encourage students to understand the importance of the Victorian dairy industry to their region
Teachers may choose to select just one topic for the entire class or alternatively teachers can provide the students with the choice of a topic from the list below:
Students in teams of two will:
Choose and research one of the Painting Daisy topics. Use this research and your new learnings to complete the other activities.
Your miniature cow will:
Your Good News story will:
The aim of this project is to upskill dairy farmers to use land, water, fertilisers and other resources efficiently. It will be attractive for farmers to participate because they will learn how to increase pasture production and utilisation as well as improve the profitability of their businesses. Such knowledge is vital for farmers needing to adapt their farming systems to maintain high consumption of home grown fodder in the face of climate variability.
NRM outcomes for the project will reduce impact of dairying on catchments, especially improved fertiliser and soil management. This project will take the farmers the next step with their fertiliser management and link it closely with increases in pasture production. Nutrient management tools need some support to be successfully implemented and linked to production, this project will assist this happen. Not only will NRM outcomes be achieved, but the link to productivity will be explored and implemented.
Six farmer coaches, with the help of six assistant coaches, will each facilitate discussions of a group of 10-12 farmers on farm. Farmers will expand their knowledge via existing learning packages which include environmental best practices. The coach and group will support farmers to select and utilise information relevant to their situation. This is important as the plethora of excellent courses, tools and information sources can be over whelming and be more like a maze to some. A great outcome of the pilot version is the enrolment and attendance at pasture courses by farmers who had previously not engaged in such information.
Once awareness has been raised and knowledge improved, the desire of the farmers to implement change will be supported by fellow participants and their coach who has wider experience and can show them real life examples on farms. The project will also link into current dairy industry initiatives and Landcare networks to ensure there is ongoing support for the farmers involved when the project finishes.
Communication among the project team and participants is vitally important as is communication to wider communities. We have access to dairy newsletters which more than 84% of farmers read (2006 survey by DPI of newsletters). In addition, regional newspapers happily publish whatever dairy stories we supply. Using these avenues means that the wider dairy community, service sector and general community will follow the project and its learnings. Media releases in dairy newsletters would be about decision making based on core profit drivers, for example, cost/benefit of doing soil sampling, buying and applying appropriate fertilisers, and resulting pasture production. Media releases for the general community would highlight the environmental stewardship of dairying. In the one year pilot, media articles to date have mainly been to create awareness of the project with a series of ‘good news’ stories ready to come out on completion of the pilot. The 3 year project will generate a higher proportion of practice change and technical stories compared to articles only about the initiation of a short project.
Sustainable, long lasting benefits from the three year project are anticipated. Farmers in groups will gain knowledge, experience and confidence to implement practice change across differing seasonal conditions. They will also have more profitable and environmentally sustainable businesses. Farmer coaches and assistants will be experienced at facilitating farmers groups. With these skills they are a lasting resource for the industry and will be industry leaders into the future. The wider dairy community and general community will be made aware of the responsible work that the dairy industry is doing with support from the National Landcare Programme.
GippsDairy along with supporting industry partners, Department of Primary Industries, Dairy Australia, Gardiner Foundation and The People in Dairy are joining together to embark on an event that will provide confidence and direction for younger people working in the Dairy Industry.
The aim of the expo is to provide a chance for delegates to mingle with like-minded people, hear from people who are actually doing the do, have some fun and enjoy some laughter, gain knowledge and meet some positive people.
All workshops will be interactive and have a farmer panel member who is willing to present their story and journey in the industry as part of the workshop.
The evening will finish with BBQ style dinner where entertainment will be provided.
Warrnambool Cheese & Butter would like to offer schools and students an exciting opportunity to produce a full page (A4) portrait advertisement to be used as a promotion for their Great Ocean Road products.
The advertisement must contain the following:
To help get your ideas flowing visit both the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter and the Great Ocean Road – careers made here websites. Carry out some preliminary research about the company: www.wcbf.com.au and their products www.greatoceanroaddairy.com.au. Examine the sample advertisement and leaflets that have been attached to this flyer.
The Criteria: Tips to get you started:
Drought Coordination role for the Gippsland region. Appointed by GippsDairy through funding from the Geoffrey Gardiner Foundation. A one-stop shop for farmers support.
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has welcomed a full Exceptional Circumstances (EC) rating from the Federal Government in South and West Gippsland.
The region is one of the last in the state to be awarded EC status, giving farmers access to low interest loans for their farm businesses.
VFF deputy president Meg Parkinson says it has taken a lot of behind-the-scenes work from the VFF and government agencies to secure the rating.
She says circumstances are extremely difficult for local farmers and is urging them not to self-assess.
“It’s quite unusual for South and West Gippsland to get full Exceptional Circumstances, it only happens in times of very hard circumstances,” she said.
“It’s been suggested this drought is a one-in-100-year event, this is basically the first time we have had full EC in our area, which gives you an understanding of just how hard it’s been.”
Posted 13 August 2007
The Herd ’19 conference is convened by the partnership of the National Herd Improvement Association (NHIA), DataGene, Holstein Australia and Dairy Australia. The event takes place over two days, Tuesday and Wednesday 19 and 20 March, at the Quality Inn, Bendigo, Victoria.
Next year’s conference focuses on delivering change and boasts an exception program of speakers who will join us from Australia and around the world.
The Herd ’19 audience is a blend of herd improvement professionals, dairy management advisors, research, development and extension specialists. The Herd ’19 committee aims to deliver a high value program full of the latest science and practical information that the audience can immediately put to good use in servicing Australian dairy farmers.
We would very much welcome your attendance at the Herd’19 Conference.