Australia's premier dairy event, the Australian Dairy Conference, kicked off in Melbourne on Wednesday night.
In a historic meeting of former bitter rivals, south-west Victorian UDV branches and Farmer Power have demanded what they describe as 'farmer sovereignty' under any new advocacy body.
Saputo has a three-pronged plan to mitigate the slide in Australian dairy production that threatens the efficiencies of his local factories: third-party milk and co-packing, a multi-million-dollar pledge to boost the industry and, controversially, producing plant-based dairy alternatives.
In just 24 hours, dairy farmers can now identify the best antibiotic for each mastitis case with the rapid on-farm Mastaplex test on show at evokeAg this week.
Supplier frustration triggered an independent audit of Bega Cheese's sampling but, normally, nobody likes to talk openly about milk quality failures.
Saputo will close two Canadian factories in the next 12 months and invest more in plant-based alternatives.
Despite growing up in Melbourne, a career in agriculture was always on the cards for Harriet Bawden, Shepparton, Vic, who hopes to inspire others to follow her footsteps.
World-leading genetics experts will outline what the future is likely to hold for the industry at a major Victorian conference in March.