Media Release 30 July 2023

The fodder supply chain will gather in the Goldfields region of Victoria next month for a three-day FODDGERGANZA! to see the latest machinery in action and discuss and debate scientific developments, industry issues and future technologies.

Combining its biennial Fodder Festival and annual National Fodder Conference into one event, the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA), will play host to the major hay and silage players in Elmore and Bendigo from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 August.

“The three-day event will kick off with the 2023 Fodder Festival at the Elmore Field Days site on Tuesday 15 August. This event will build on the success of the first Festivals held in 2018 and 2021 to become THE premier demonstration event for the hay and silage industries,” said Paula Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, AFIA.

“Companies including long-term AFIA supporters New Holland, Kuhn, John Deere, CLAAS, and Krone are all participating in this event which will see the latest machinery – rakes, mowers, round balers, big square balers and a forage harvester – go head-to-head in an annual ryegrass crop grown especially for the event.

“There’s nothing static about Fodder Festival 2023,” she said. “This is a unique event with consecutive demonstrations running for 20 minutes each including a Q&A opportunity with the audience. The day will also include two important discussions – one on safety and the other focusing on Workcover at a time when premiums have increased significantly for farm businesses.

“For anyone involved in the dairy industry, fodder production, hay contracting or feed lots, this is an event not to be missed. Once the Fodder Festival has concluded, much of the machinery will make move along the highway to be on display at the National Fodder Conference the next day,” said Ms Fitzgerald.

The 2023 National Fodder Conference in Bendigo will bring together those engaged in the production of fodder with their customers, to learn from each other, explore new technologies, and understand the latest research and development outcomes.

Featuring business leaders, researchers, industry experts and farmers, this year’s program includes presentations on: a low carbon future; the state of the dairy industry; future protein – opportunity or threat?; heavy vehicle regulation; succession planning; breeding updates; silage wrap recycling; trade and market access, and much more.

Don’t miss the THE hay and silage event of 2023!

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