Dear AFIA Members,
Welcome to another AFIA member update, May is here and the cool temperatures in Melbourne are proof that winter is on its way.

In this weeks member update we are happy to share the 2014 National Fodder Conference Program with you. The latest copy of the program, including the speaking plenary and workshops, has also been posted out to all members this week. If you are yet to register for the 2014 National Fodder Conference I encourage you to check out the program and to get your registration form in today! 

HAY & GRAIN REPORT 02/05/2014
This weeks hay and grain report is now available on the AFIA website. To view the hay report please click here. Remember that you need to log in using your AFIA username and password. If you have forgotten you username please contact Caitlin   

AFIA Leadership Award – Applications extended until Monday
The AFIA Leadership Award is a fantastic opportunity for any young person 18-35 who is involved in the fodder industry. 
Applications to the AFIA  Leadership Award have been extended to Monday 5 May. If you or someone you know would like to apply, then click here to access an application form and register today! 

The latest National Fodder Audit closes at midnight tonight. We have had another great response to this audit thank you to everyone who has been involved. .
If you can spare 5 minutes today please complete the survey and tell us how the season is progressing in your region. Click here to complete the survey
We look forward to comparing the findings of this survey to the January survey and sharing that with you in the Winter edition of Focus on Fodder. 


AFIA is pleased to announce that Cole Groves, Chair of the New Zealand Young Farmers will be speaking at the 2014 National Fodder Conference in Adelaide, August 4-6. Cole will speak on bringing the next generation back to the family farm and the work that NZ Young Farmers does in this area, during the Gen Ag session at Conference. 

The latest 2014 National Fodder Conference Program is now available on the AFIA website. The theme for this year’s conference is Pushing the BoundariesFollowing this theme we have invited Paul Higgins fromEmergentFutures to speak about the future of agriculture in Australia. This year’s program also features two international guests; David Staheli of Staheli West, Utah, USA and Cole Groves Chairman of the NZ Young Farmers.  Click here to view the full program

Register for the 2014 National Fodder Conference today

This year’s pre-conference tour is taking in more than just fodder . It will be an interesting tour of the agricultural industry in South East South Australia visiting a turf farmer, lucerne seed and hay producers, wineries and even checking out the fishing industry. To join the AFIA pre-conference tour complete a registration form and return it to AFIA. Numbers are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment. 

At this year’s National Fodder Conference we are extending the program to include three workshops on Monday 4 August, in addition to the speaking program on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 August. This year’s workshops will be:

  • the Contractors workshop (for AFIA contractor members only)
  • the Round Bale Silage Workshops
  • Fodder Transport Workshops.

These silage and transport workshops will be an informative discussion including a panel of experienced industry stakeholders. You can read more about the AFIA workshops by click here.
AFIA encourages anyone involved in Round Bale Silage or Fodder Transport to get involved in these two forums. They are free to attend for all conference delegates, thanks to workshops sponsors Lallemand.  

AFIA Bronze sponsors Feed Central recently experienced a hay shed fire which caused up to $250,000 in damage. Despite this blow Feed Central General Manager Tim Ford says it is business as usual and assures  that anyone seeking hay through Feed Central will be well looked after. Read the full media release from Feed Central on the AFIA website.  

Now is the time to be keeping a close eye on weeds. This week the BCG released an article by Justine Severin, BCG and Steven Severin an Agronomist with Agrilink which gives some good tips on controlling weeds early. Click here to read the article.  

That’s it from the AFIA team. Have a great weekend.