AFIA hosts a number of events throughout the year to provide members with the opportunity to engage directly with other growers and supply chain participants, including our sponsors.
Included in this line up is AFIA’s premier National Fodder Conference which is held every year, and the Fodder Festival which is held every second year.
Combined 2023 National Fodder Conference + Fodder Festival = Fodderganza!
In 2023 we have merged our two premier events into one three-day extravaganza, combining our biennial Fodder Festival with our annual National Fodder Conference. We hope everyone will join us for this event which promises to be action packed!
Join us in Elmore and Bendigo, Victoria.
Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17 August 2023
National Fodder Conference in Bendigo
This event brings together the fodder community, government and stakeholders to discuss key issues and innovations.
The 2023 National Fodder Conference will see those engaged in the production of fodder, and fodder customers, gather to discuss and debate industry issues, new technologies and research and development opportunities. This event will take a traditional conference format with a large exhibition area indoors and an outdoor machinery display. Trade booth and sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Tuesday 15 August, 2023
Fodder Festival in Elmore
See the latest machinery and technology in action.
The 2023 Fodder Festival is an opportunity for all entities involved in hay and silage to demonstrate their products directly to their target audience. The day will commence with machinery demonstrations. A ryegrass crop will be available for the participating machinery entities. The latter half of the day is an opportunity for non-machinery suppliers to demonstrate their tools and technologies to attendees. This will be a ‘moving event’ with the audience moving from one timed demonstration to another. In the event of wet weather, the event will move indoors and utilise the large pavilion at the Elmore Field Day site.
WHAT IS THE FODDER FESTIVAL?
The AFIA Fodder Festival is a biennial event at which all the latest hay and silage equipment is demonstrated or on display at the one venue. Unlike a traditional field day, at the Fodder Festival all machinery operators put machines to the test in the paddock, in a ryegrass crop specially grown for the event, thanks to DLF Seeds. The machinery demonstrations are followed by demonstrations from other fodder supply chain equipment providers and participants including the latest in silage wrap technologies and new ag chem products.
We look forward to delivering all the action from the industry’s major players all in one place in August.
|Monday 14 August||Tuesday 15 August||Wednesday 16 August||Thursday 17 August|
|DAY ONE||DAY TWO||DAY THREE|
|Exhibitors bump-in/Fodder Festival set-up||Fodder Festival
Elmore Field Days Site – 48 Rosaia Road, Elmore
|National Fodder Conference
All Seasons Resort Hotel – 171/183 McIvor Highway Bendigo
|National Fodder Conference
|EVENING:National Fodder Conference – Welcome Function
|EVENING:National Fodder Conference – Gala Dinner
AFIA is offering a 10 percent discount to those who purchase 10 or more Fodder Festival tickets in advance. The 10 percent discount will be provided via reimbursement, post ticket sale.
|Non-Member with membership*||$99|
* Non-members have the special opportunity to purchase AFIA Membership with their Fodder Festival ticket for $99! This membership will run for 7 months from 1 September 2023 to 31 March 2024. This offer is not available to former AFIA members whose membership expired post 31 March 2021.
National Fodder Conference
Ticket sales have now ended.
Refund policy for both events – Cancellations received before the 29 July 2023 will be given a 100% refund, excluding transaction fees. Cancellations between 29 July and 7 August 2023 will be given a 50% discount excluding transaction fees. Cancellations on or after 7 August 2023 will not be eligible for a refund. Additionally, ticket transfers will not be accepted. If an attendee cannot attend and another person is attending in their place, please cancel the original ticket and order a new ticket.
WHO IS PARTICIPATING IN 2023?
All major hay and silage supply chain providers are attending the 2023 Fodderganza!
2023 Fodder Festival: Fodder Festival major demonstrators will put their machinery to the test in the paddock.
2023 National Fodder Conference: AFIA is pleased to announce that John Deere is the major sponsor for the 2023 National Fodder Conference. The event will include a large trade and exhibition hall indoors, and a major machinery display outdoors.
Get up-to-date with the latest fodder industry machinery, tools, products and news … all in a central spot at the National Fodder Conference exhibition hall.
|Berrima Engineering*||JCB CEA*|
|Grevillia Ag||PSC Griffiths Goodall|
|Hay Australia||Staheli West|
* these exhibitors will have their large machinery on display outside the conference venue at Bendigo.
FODDER FESTIVAL – In-Paddock Demonstrations
Each machine will be demonstrated in the paddock, with commentary from their team. A short Q&A facilitated by the AFIA Chairman will follow.
10.30am-10.50pm: Kuhn – FC 13640 RA + FC 3525 DF (Mower conditioner with grouper)
BIG SQUARE BALER
NATIONAL FODDER CONFERENCE – Machinery Display
- John Deere – 6R Tractor
- New Holland – Discmower Conditioner 310 Plus T5.140 Tractor
- Kuhn – FC 13640 RA + FC 3525 DF: new triple mower and VBP 7190: new round baler combination
- CLAAS – Jaguar 960 Forage Harvester
- Krone – Kubota M7 & BP1290HDP Gen 5 Sq Baler ECTC500CRSM w/- Transport Kit ECF400CRS
- Berrima Engineering – V Roller Bar Hay rake
- JCB CEA – Fastrac Tractor & 4T Telehandler
Just 40 minutes away from Bendigo, the Fodder Festival will be held at the Elmore Field Days venue.
The National Fodder Conference will be held in Bendigo. With a population of around 100,000, Bendigo is located near the geographical centre of Victoria, and it is approximately 150 kilometres northwest of Melbourne.
WHAT TO SEE AROUND THE REGION
All National Fodder Conference attendees will be required to follow any COVID guidelines in place in Victoria at the time of the event in August.
Annual General Meetings
Members of the Australian Fodder Industry Association (ACN 131 678 727) are advised that an Annual General Meeting of members will be held as follows:
Time: 10.00am (AEST)
Date: Thursday, 17 August 2023
Place: All Seasons Resort Hotel, 171-183 McIvor Highway, Strathdale (Bendigo) VIC 3550
AGM Papers: AFIA members can access the AGM papers via the link and password emailed separately. If you are an AFIA member and have not received the email with the access details please contact Jayne Gleed email@example.com.
The business of the meeting is as follows:
- To confirm the Minutes from the Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 26 July 2022.
- To receive from the Board reports on the activities of the Association, and the 2022-23 Financial Statements including the Directors’ Report and Financial Review.
- Appointment of Directors
- Notes on Voting and Procedural Matters
- Minutes of the 2022 Annual General Meeting, held on 26 July 2022
- Chairman’s Report
- Chief Executive Officer’s Report
- Treasurer’s Report
- Financial Statements
- Appointment of Directors
Any questions regarding the AGM and completed Proxy Forms should be directed to the Company Secretary, Suzanne Woods, on 0438 287 191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to register an apology for the meeting, please email Jayne Gleed at email@example.com.
The Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in association with the 2022 National Fodder Conference on Tuesday 26 July 2022, at the Empire Theatre, 56 Neil Street, Toowoomba, Queensland.
The Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on the evening of Thursday 30 September 2021.
Online Fodder Forums
During September 2021 AFIA hosted a series of five online Fodder Forums.
If you missed an event you can watch them by following the links below.
AFIA 2023 Photo Competition
The top 12 entries will feature in the 2024 Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) calendar.
The winning entry will receive $500.
Each year the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) produces a calendar comprised of shortlisted photographs from its annual photo competition. These photos are taken by members of Australia’s fodder family. The AFIA calendar is a great way to celebrate our hard-working members and their dedication and support of the Australian fodder industry.
In 2023, our theme is: Future-proofing fodder!
RULES OF ENTRY
Entries are now open and close at 5pm on Wednesday 18 October 2023. Entries are open to all AFIA members. If you are not currently a member, please join AFIA by clicking here.
- must depict safe farming practices.
- should be landscape/horizontal in orientation.
- should be high resolution (best for calendar printing) and as a guide need to be a minimum 2.5MB and a maximum of 10MB in JPG or PNG format.
- should include a title.
- should address the theme
Permitted alterations include cropping, rotation, and brightness adjustments but content must not be added, removed, or distorted beyond the truth.
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
A maximum of three photo entries per AFIA member is allowed.
The photographs should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUDGING AND WINNERS
The promoter of this competition is the Australian Fodder Industry Association (the “Promoter”), ABN 12 131 678 727, PO Box 527 Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia.
All valid entries will be judged on composition, artistic merit, illustration of the theme, composition, overall impact, and their relevance to the Promoter’s aims and mission – to promote and grow the Australian fodder industry.
Each entrant, by entering the competition:
• agrees to the use of their photograph(s) in future communications including print, broadcast, social media and promotional purposes, including by not limited to the AFIA calendar, “Focus on Fodder” (AFIA’s magazine), and the AFIA website, without compensation, and
• agrees that the Promoter will own all intellectual property rights, including copyright in any resulting material.
Entrants under the age of 18 years of age must have the consent of a parent or guardian to enter.
The name of the prize winners will be announced in early November. Please allow at least 28 days from the date of notification for the delivery of the prizes.
All entrants must complete the ENTRY FORM and submit it with their photograph(s) via email to: email@example.com