On Wednesday 5 October Warrnambool Veterinary hosted a Dairy farmer night attended by 90 farmers from across the region.

image_2The key note speaker for the night Mr Colin Mckenna, Founder and Managing Director of The Midfield Group kept the crowd engaged discussing a range of topics from the current beef market, employment challenges within his business, his view of the future of dairying, succession planning and the milk processing plant in Penola, a joint venture between Midfield and Louis Dreyfus Company.

Alison Kennedy, a research fellow with the National Centre for Farmer Health in partnership with Western District Health Service and Deakin University discussed the research project, The Ripple Effect. Alison asked farmers and the community present to speak up about suicide and participate in the project by adding their experiences to the online portal. The research project’s aim is to gather stories about suicide to build an understanding of how suicide impacts on regional communities. The data will help guide contributing organisations and government in developing plans to address the issue and provide proactive resources across regional Victoria.
You can find out more about The Ripple Effect, read local stories about the impact of suicide or add your story about suicide to the growing database by visiting www.therippleeffect.com.au.

Matt Barnes, southwest Victoria’s Key Account Manager with Apiam Animal Health spoke about the relationship between Apiam and Warrnambool Veterinary and what the role of key account manager entails. Matt presented a selection of the new services available to Warrnambool Veterinary dairy clients.

The night was a resounding success with attendees enjoying a drink and a bite to eat in the friendly relaxed atmosphere of the Warrnambool Racing Club’s Matilda Room. Many remained after the presentations to catch up for a chat with Warrnambool Veterinary staff, the three speakers, Matt, Alison and Colin and fellow farmers.

If you missed out on the night, or would like to follow up on some of the services mentioned, Matt Barnes would be more than happy to provide information.

Give Matt a call at Warrnambool Veterinary on 5561 2255 or send an email to matt.barnes@apiam.com.au.