Events

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.

WEEK AT A GLANCE

The National Fodder Conference in Coffs Harbour

Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 July 2024

PROGRAM AVAILABLE HERE

The theme of the conference this year is Fodder = Opportunities.

This event brings together the fodder community, government and stakeholders to discuss key issues and innovations.

The National Fodder Conference is the premier event which brings the fodder industry and its customers together to focus on the challenges and opportunities before the industry.

The 25th Annual National Fodder Conference will kick off with our traditional welcome function on the evening of Tuesday 23 July, followed by two days of the conference including speakers, presentation and updates relating to the our ‘fodder = opportunities’ theme as well as broader topics. The Gala Dinner will take place on the evening of Wednesday 24 July and the Member Forum that was so popular last year will take place following the AGM on Thursday morning.

The event will cover a range of topics to examine reducing risk, improving productivity and profitability, and building industry resilience and success. The conference 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.

We are looking forward to a significant celebration in Coffs Harbour, alongside major fodder industry players, including:

 

Pre-Conference Tour

Sunday 21 July – Tuesday 23 July

PROGRAM AVAILABLE HERE

AFIA will be hosting a pre-conference tour for one coachload of delegates highlighting the farming, supply chain and experiences in the Coffs Harbour region. We’re even planning a quick stop at the Big Banana! We know from previous tours that these experiences fill quickly so remember to book your ticket to avoid disappointment.

TICKETS

Tickets for the event will go on sale in May.

Early bird discounts close: Monday 17 June. Ticket sales close: Monday 15 July.

Ticket Type Price
Full event tickets – inc Welcome Function, Full Conference, Gala Dinner
 
Full Conference – Early Bird, Member
$800
Full Conference – Member (after 17/06)
$880
Full Conference – Non-Member
$1000
Full Conference – Member (Partner)
$500
Full Conference – GenAg (30 yrs and under) 
$500
   
Other tickets  
Day Ticket – Single Day Only (Member)
$350
Day Ticket – Single Day Only (Non-Member)
$500
Dinner Ticket – Gala Dinner Only (Member)
$150
Dinner Ticket – Gala Dinner Only (Non-Member)
$200
Welcome Ticket – Welcome Function Only (Member)
$100
Welcome Ticket – Welcome Function Only (Non-Member)
$150
Pre-conference Tour Ticket* – Deposit Only due by 5pm 10/06
Full cost is:
$850 (twin share)
$950 (single)
$1050 (Non-Member)
$200 Deposit

*Tour confirmation will be subject to committed numbers of attendees.

Cancellations received before the 1 July 2024 will be given a 100% refund, excluding transaction fees. Cancellations between 1 July and 7 July 2024 will be given a 50% discount excluding transaction fees. Cancellations on or after 7 July 2024 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’S COMING?

As the machinery displays and exhibitors are locked in for 2024, we will announce them here!

– Machinery

  • John Deere
  • New Holland
  • JCBCEA
  • Krone

– Exhibitors

  • Ark Parts
  • BioStart
  • Feed Central
  • Grevillia Ag
  • Hay Australia
  • JCBCEA
  • John Deere
  • Krone
  • Kuhn
  • New Holland
  • NSW DPI
  • PSC Griffiths Goodall
  • Staheli West
  • UniPak
ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation has been reserved at the conference venue, The Pacific Bay Resort, for members, a code will be required to access these rooms. Once ticket sales open in May, you can contact events@afia.org.au for the code.

The Pacific Bay Resort
Cnr Pacific Hwy and Bay Dr, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
(02) 6659 7000
https://pacificbayresort.com.au
https://book-directonline.com/properties/pacificbayresortdirect 

The following accommodation option is on the same estate as the Conference venue:
Club Wyndham Coffs Harbour
6 Resort Dr, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
(02) 6659 2988
https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/trademark/coffs-harbour-australia/club-wyndham-coffs-harbour/overview

Other accommodation nearby includes:
Charlesworth Bay Beach Resort
2 Resort Dr, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
0477 779 343
https://charlesworthbaybeachresort.com.au/

Bananacoast Caravan Park
429 Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
(02) 6652 2868
https://bananacoastcaravanpark.com/

Coffs Harbour offers a multitude of accommodation options:
https://www.booking.com/city/au/coffs-harbour.en-gb.html
https://www.trivago.com.au/en-AU/odr/hotels-coffs-harbour-australia?search=200-54940

 

 

TRAVEL

Coffs Harbour in NSW is 550km north of Sydney along the Pacific Highway, and 427km south of Brisbane.

The Coffs Harbour Regional Airport offers direct flights from Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne with four airlines daily including Qantaslink, REX Airlines, and Link Airways.

WHAT TO SEE AROUND THE REGION

There is so much more to Coffs Harbour than the Big Banana. It’s a great place for a beach holiday – with glorious stretches of sand galore and a laid-back coastal vibe – and makes a fantastic base to explore the rainforests and waterfalls of the Waterfall Way or the incredible Solitary Islands Marine Park.

The beautiful beaches of the Coffs Coast beckon, with the wheelchair-accessible Jetty Beach a convenient and popular place to relax in the sun. Walk the breakwall to Muttonbird Island, a nature reserve that protects a colony of wedge-tailed shearwaters. Offshore, the Solitary Islands Marine Park is a haven for a huge diversity of marine life, with scuba diving trips showing the best of the underwater world.

Just a short drive from Coffs Harbour is Sealy Lookout, where the Forest Sky Pier offers a sensational view over the coastline. Coffs Harbour also features several wildlife attractions, including the evergreen Coffs Harbour Butterfly House and the Solitary Islands Aquarium, focusing on regional marine species and education. The Coffs Coast Wildlife Sanctuary also makes a great stop for getting up close to marine animals, including dolphins, seals and penguins. For those interested in flora as well as fauna, check out the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, an eco-accredited green oasis in the heart of town where you can amble along a number of discovery walks through coastal forests, rainforests, rare native plants, mangrove forests and a tropical glasshouse.

Coffs Harbour is described as a nature lover’s paradise. It is surrounded by National Parks and facing the Solitary Islands Marine Park. The so-called ‘Place of Plenty’ offers uncrowded beaches, an abundance of activities and attractions, excellent shopping, and award-winning food and drink options.

 
For an overview of what Coffs Harbour has to offer see: https://www.coffscoast.com.au/

Fodder Festivals

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 crop specially grown for the event. 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.

AFIA held the first event in 2018. In 2021 and 2023, major companies put their machines to the test for the crowds. You can see them in action here in 2021: New HollandKuhn and Krone!

We look forward to delivering all the action from the industry’s major players all in one place at the next Fodder Festival in 2025.

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Annual General Meetings

2024 AGM

Members of the Australian Fodder Industry Association (ACN 131 678 727) are advised that an Annual General Meeting of members will be held as part of the 25 National Fodder Conference in July 2024 as follows:

Time: TBC
Date: Thursday, 25 July 2024
Place: Pacific Bay Resort, Cnr Pacific Hwy & Bay Dr, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

2023 AGM

The Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in association with the 2023 National Fodder Conference on Thursday, 17 August 2023, at the All Seasons Resort Hotel, 171-183 McIvor Highway in Strathdale, Bendigo.

2022 AGM

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.

2021 AGM

The Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on the evening of Thursday 30 September 2021.

Fodder Forums

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.

Fodder Forum 1 – Not negotiable: safety!

Proudly sponsored by AFIA’s Gold Sponsor – Krone.

WATCH:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qwqU-64WpM

Fodder Forum 2 – 3D Futures – opportunities for ag

Proudly supported by AFIA’s Preferred Partner – Entegra.

WATCH:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cSpZgbX-hQ

Fodder Forum 3. R&D Outcomes

Proudly supported by AFIA’s Gold Sponsor – Kuhn.

WATCH:  https://youtu.be/OPkPGlg7Xnc

Fodder Forum 4: Automation

Proudly supported by AFIA’s Fodder Care Founding Partner New Holland.

WATCH:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rS9bRi8MZIM

Fodder Forum 5. Forecasting Fodder’s Future + AGM

A panel discussion covering quality, economy, land, end-users and testing.

Culminating in AFIA’s 2021 AGM.

WATCH:  https://youtu.be/OJOsHhUCfsA

AFIA’S Annual Photo Competition

The top 12 entries will feature in the next edition of the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) calendar.

Prize details for 2024 will be announced when the competition is launched in July at the 25th National Fodder Conference.

BACKGROUND

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.

The 2024 theme will be announced when the competition is launched in July. 

 

RULES OF ENTRY

Entries will open in July and close in early October. Entries are open to all AFIA members. If you are not currently a member, please join AFIA by clicking here.

All photos:

  • 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 media@afia.org.au.

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.

ENTRY FORM

All entrants must complete the ENTRY FORM and submit it with their photograph(s) via email to: media@afia.org.au

National Hay Safe Day

National Hay Day is celebrated each year on 25 October. The event aims to raise awareness of the unique dangers working and living around hay bales and silage presents, and to encourage reflection on safe practices.

Large square hay bales can weigh more than 650 kilograms, so it’s vital to be informed about safely moving, transporting and storing them to prevent falling, rolling and crushing incidences on farms.

AFIA has released Fodder Safety Briefs on telehandler safety, traffic management plans and worker training, as well as safety signage as part of recent hay safe initiatives.

National Hay Safe Day is an initiative which arose from a tragic on-farm accident more than a decade ago. After losing her father, AFIA member and former director Suzanne Woods, a Western Australian hay grower, started the National Hay Safe Day awareness campaign.

Mark the date in your calendar and start thinking about how you/your business can celebrate the day and ensure safety is always top of mind.