Dairy farmers and service providers came together for the DairySA Innovation Day at The Barn last week, a much-anticipated annual event for those in the dairy industry.
Around 200 people attended and DairySA Innovation Day committee chair Andrew Cavill said it was great to hold the event again after two years of cancellation due to COVID.
“It was fantastic to be in the same room and mingle around and chat to each other,” Mr Cavill said.
“I think we were all a little bit nervous to start with but it all turned out beautifully with a lot of farmers, a lot of service providers and I think everybody got a lot out of it.”
Mr Cavill said everybody enjoyed listening to speakers Dr Jennie Pryce from the DairyBio program, Tom Cosentino from the SADA Industry Fund, Dr Bill Wales from the 100 Days project and Peter Thurn who explored dairy data and genetics.
He said the concurrent sessions with Dr Rebel Skirving, Bill Wales and Prof Kevin Smith were also well-received, with approximately 50 people in each group.
A pre-dinner graze was held followed by a two-course dinner, which Mr Cavill said was attended by around 100 people.
“It was just fantastic for everybody to sit around and relax and have a good time,” he said.
“These days cannot be really run without the sponsors and it’s always pleasing that we have got a line-up of sponsors wanting to be involved in the day so that’s great.
“The organising committee and the local DairySA staff did a fantastic job keeping it all organised, it’s not an easy task organising a big conference like that and they did fantastic.”
Mr Cavill said planning for next year’s event would likely begin soon and they hoped to have a bigger and better conference next year.
“You walk away and you say ‘that was worth it,’ it was all worth it, it just was a fantastic day,” he said.