For the first time the Dairy Research Foundation’s 2020 Symposium was live online on 21 & 22 July, from 9am to 12pm each day.

This year’s theme was Dairy BUS.IN.ES.S: business, innovation, emerging science & society.

Please click 2020 Program to view the full program, which includes speaker biographies and a schedule for both days of the symposium.

Please click here to view presentations from the Online Symposium.


Tuesday 21 July, 9am to 12pm

Session 1: BUSINESS
Professor Bill Malcolm, Farm Economist, University of Melbourne

To view slides from Professor Malcolm’s presentation, please click Bill Malcolm_Slides_Tue 21 July

Sheena Carter, Dairy Farm Business Management Development Officer, NSW DPI
Justin Walsh, Dairy farmer, Nowra NSW
Panel Discussion

Session 2: SOCIETY
Richard Heath, Executive Director, Australian Farm Institute
Professor Dan Weary,  Animal Welfare and Behaviour, University of British Columbia, Canada
Emily Neilson, Young Dairy Network, Hunter Valley NSW
Panel Discussion 

Wednesday 22 July, 9am to 12pm

Professor Rupert Bruckmaier, Veterinary Physiologist, University of Bern, Switzerland
7 Emerging Scientists and Q&A

Dr Sabrina Lomax, Animal Behaviour and Technology expert, University of Sydney
Nick Bullock, Energy Efficiency Solutions, NSW
Dr Andrew Smith, Dairy Systems Analyst, Australian Fresh Milk Holdings, Gooloogong, NSW
Panel Discussion


Emerging Scientists

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Emerging Scientist Competition:

Best Abstract: Laura Field, The University of Melbourne – The baby-sitters club: can calves benefit from spending time with older animals?

Best Video: Juan Ignacio Gargiulo – The University of Sydney – Ways to increase profitability in robotic milking

Best Presentation: Meghan Connelly – University of Wisconsin-Madison – Influence of prepartum dietary cation-anion difference and the decline of calcium at the onset of lactation

2020 Emerging Scientist Abstracts are available to view.


2020 Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors for their valued support.


Local Land Services (Hunter)
  • Sponsor of the whole symposium and Emerging Scientists



Dairy News
  • Major media sponsor



Dairy NSW
  • Sponsor of Session 1: BUSINESS on 21 July

NSW Farmers