Media Release: Registrations Open - 2017 National Fodder Conference


26 May 2017                                                                                       


Media Release

Registrations Open for the 2017 National Fodder Conference

Registrations are now open for the Australian Fodder Industry Association’s 2017 National Fodder Conference.  The theme for the 2017 Conference is ‘Feeding Innovation, Growing Success’.  The 2017 program will contain information to engage and stimulate everyone.  With a line-up of thought-provoking speakers and topics as well as plenty of opportunity for delegate interaction with exhibitors and sponsors, you and your business are assured to gain insights and connections from participating in the 2017 National Fodder Conference.


In addition to the conference speaking program and various workshops, the conference also comprises social functions including the Welcome Cocktail Function and the Annual Conference Dinner, great opportunities to connect with new and existing clients in a relaxed atmosphere as well as reconnecting with your fellow fodder industry friends.


Previous conferences have seen attendances consistently number between 250-300 delegates and have comprised a wide range of fodder industry participants including hay and silage growers and contractors, manufacturers and suppliers, hay exporters, domestic fodder traders, fodder transporters, end-users and researchers.


The 2017 National Fodder Conference program is in the final stages of development but you can register to attend now.  Don’t miss out as early bird registration discounts close on 16 July 2017.  To register, please click here or contact the AFIA office on (03) 9670-0523.


If you have an interest in the fodder industry or you are reliant on fodder for your business, you cannot afford to miss the 2017 National Fodder Conference, hosted by AFIA.  Lock the dates away now, 7-9 August 2017, and join us for the 2017 National Fodder Conference at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland.


AFIA Contact:

John McKew

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Fodder Industry Association

W: (03) 9670 0523

M: 0438 182 600

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Media Release: AFIA Our Place Workshop


“Quality is King” the focus of the first AFIA Our Place Workshop


The Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA), in partnership with TPC Agriculture, is excited to announce an Our Place workshop that will focus on fodder decisions designed to improve production and profit for dairy farmers.


The first of ten Our Place workshops to be conducted by the partnership in 2017, the “Quality is King” workshop will be held from 10.30am on Friday, 12 May 2017 at Tom and Mick Acocks’ dairy farm, 348 Bonn Road, Rochester, Victoria. Immediately following the workshop, a tour of Jenharwill Baling at Elmore will be conducted.


Tom and Mick Acocks operate a substantial dairy farm near Rochester in northern Victoria and at this workshop will share why “Quality is King” for them. The Acocks’ farm runs around 750-800 milking cows year-round and last year produced 7.8 million litres of milk with average components of 3.3 protein and 4.2 fat. In an average year, they will see 60 to 70 percent of their fodder requirements produced on-farm and are not afraid of selling feed if it is excess to requirements or lower quality than desired. Feed tests are an integral part of their decision-making process when it comes to fodder. Tom and Mick understand that to produce quality milk they need quality fodder and “Quality is King”.


“To date, 2017 has certainly produced an abundant supply of fodder in many regions around the country but those higher yields do not always deliver the quality required in today’s modern dairy enterprises,” said John McKew, AFIA Chief Executive Officer.


“This workshop, the first of ten in a collaborative effort by AFIA and TPC Agriculture, aims to assist dairy farmers in these challenging times, and we encourage AFIA members and non-members to participate in as many workshops as possible to realise their full potential,” urged Mr McKew.


If you are interested in:

§  making fodder decisions that are the best fit for production and profit;

§  improving your understanding of using feed tests to make better fodder decisions; and

§  understanding what to grow and buy, and when to shandy low quality feed and when to sell it;

then this free workshop is a must for you.


To RSVP, please contact Renata Cumming from TPC Agriculture now on 0419 600 334 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Morning tea will be provided on the day.

The Art Of Hay Making

As the weather starts to cool down across the country, it is a timely reminder for haymakers to consider their haymaking essentials.
Over the years, haymaking has become a very accurate process combining art and science with the use of mechanical instruments and the right judgement particularly when it comes to timing.
“Changes in technology and improvements in machinery - particularly the introduction of conditioners - has given haymakers more flexibility, but timing is still one of the most crucial factors in making quality dry hay,” says Mr Bruno Fetiveau, Managing Director
KUHN Farm Machinery.
“Haymakers not only need to time haymaking to coincide with the right stage of plant growth and weather conditions, they also need to ensure they have time to inspect and service their machinery ready for harvest to avoid any unnecessary delays – delays which can never be made up.”

Welcome to the new Integrated Packaging

Since its formation in 1982, Integrated Packaging has evolved considerably to encompass a much larger array of
products and services. While the old brand and logo served the company well for three decades, it doesn't reflect
exactly what it is the team can do.
"The major motivation for the rebrand was a desire to better represent the broader range of service we can offer
customers," explained Group Sales and Marketing Manager Robert Archibald. "The stretch film products we
started our journey with are now part of a much broader whole, which is why this rebranding effort is so important
for customer awareness and to unite our employees."
"We can now satisfy so many more packaging demands than what we could previously, and we want that
message to be recognised by new and existing clients alike."

National Hay Safe Day 2016

Media Release


National Hay Safe Day – Tuesday 25 October 2016


National Hay Safe Day, a day focusing on safety in the hay and silage industry, is on Tuesday 25 October. In the lead up to National Hay Safe Day, the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) is asking everyone involved in the fodder industry to run through the Hay Safe Conversation Checklist every day with all of your all workers/operators and family members.


With the 2016 fodder harvest underway in some areas, we are seeing the beginning of what will be another busy year for hay and silage producers. A busy fodder season often means people working long hours resulting in fatigue and when this happens it’s all too easy to overlook or forget about safety, and this can have disastrous consequences.


It can only take a split-second for something to go wrong and put the safety of a business owner, employees, family members or the public at risk. That’s why AFIA is asking everyone involved in making and transporting hay and silage to take the opportunity to run through the Hay Safe Conversation Checklist every day.

The Hay Safe Conversation Checklist:

·     Know where everyone is working on the day and what they are tasked to do.

·     Be aware of your surroundings at all time.

·     Avoid distractions from the job at hand; use mobile phones or other electronic devices responsibly.

·     Ensure all machinery is properly and securely shutdown, especially before any maintenance takes place.

·     Make sure there is approved and functioning safety guards fitted to all machinery.

·     Are all dry and flammable materials being regularly and safely removed from the workplace?

·     Are fire extinguishers functioning and does everyone know how to operate them?

·     Are first aid kits fully stocked and located within easy access to today’s workplace?

·     Are all workers familiar with the location of potential hazards such as power lines, poles and any other possible obstructions?

·     Are all workers/operators and family members familiar with your safety procedures and what to do in an emergency?

Remember, work health and safety is everyone’s responsibility and we want everyone to take on the Hay Safe Day messages, making safety a focus and helping to prevent accidents from happening in your hay or silage business.


Don’t forget to share your National Hay Safe Day initiatives and thoughts on AFIA’s social media platforms, via Twitter @AusFodder and Facebook @Ausfodder


National Hay Safe Day is the initiative Suzanne Woods, an AFIA member, fodder grower and hay exporter from Calingiri in Western Australia. Tragically on October 25, 2009, Suzanne lost her father in an accident on their farm.


For more information on safety in the Australia fodder industry please contact the AFIA office on (03) 9670 0523 or visit

Media Contact:

John McKew

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Fodder Industry Association

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M: 0438 182 600

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Australian Fodder Exports – July 2016

                                                                                                                            26 Sept 2016



Media Release


Australian Fodder Exports – July 2016


Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) data on Australian fodder exports totalled 80,779 tonnes for the month of July 2016 bringing the 2016 seven month year-to-date export volume total to 586,684 tonnes.


On a value basis, July 2016 fodder exports were valued at A$32.3m.  The 2016 seven month year-to-date value of Australian fodder exports now totals A$237.5m.


Japan, China, the Republic of Korea and Taiwan continue to dominate the export destinations for Australian fodder, accounting for approximately 95% of all fodder exports.


For the month of July 2016, Japan imported 38,872 tonnes (48%), China 19,814 tonnes (25%), the Republic of Korea 11,871 tonnes (15%) and Taiwan 5,450 tonnes (7%).


Australian fodder exports totalled just over 889,000 tonnes in 2015 with a total value of A$362.63m.  The Australian fodder industry export forecast for 2016 remains on target to reach one million tonnes, a record for the Australian fodder industry.




Media Contact:

John McKew

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Fodder Industry Association

W: (03) 9670 0523

M: 0438 182 600

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Applications Open to Attend Top Ag Innovation Summit

Applications to attend a three-day summit for agriculture’s sharpest, most innovative leaders are now open.

GrowAg – Cultivating Excellence in Ag for our Farming Future, will be presented by the Rural Research and Development Corporations from 21-23 September 2016 in Albury, NSW.

Featuring an outstanding line up of speakers, the collaborative forum will sponsor 100 key influencers from around Australia and across all sectors of agriculture to discuss new technologies and ideas, smart business, leadership and innovation.

John Harvey, Managing Director of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), said “GrowAg is a unique national event that will attract a diverse group of thinkers to work through the role of innovation in Australia’s farming future.”

“It’s not often 100 of the sharpest and brightest minds — the leaders of tomorrow — are brought together under one roof to share ideas, discuss challenges facing agriculture and importantly, identify how to capitalise on the opportunities. This will be one of those times,” he said.

GrowAg will give participants the opportunity to network with industry experts and mentors, and access a wealth of information, resources and the latest research and findings from the Rural Research and Development Corporations.

“Delegates will not only come away with greater networks and new ways of doing things, but they will also focus on how to practically adopt new innovations into agribusinesses and how to drive innovation across the wider industry,” Mr Harvey said.