Online 17 & 18 November 2021

The 2021 Dairy Symposium will be live and free online from 9am to 12noon on 17 and 18 November,

The theme this year is Zoom into Dairying. We’ll take a deeper look into risk management, people in dairying, tools that may change future farming, and what RD&E is on the horizon.

Click below to view the full program, including presenter bios.

2021 DRF Symposium Program


Click here to watch the Symposium recording



Day 1 – Wednesday 17 November 9.00am – 12.00noon

Session 1: Dairy UP (unlocking potential)

Introduction – Hon. Niall Blair

The geriatric cow -Adjunct Prof Ian Lean, Scibus

New insights into the economics of intensive dairy systems – Sheena Carter, NSW DPI

Virtual weaning? Remotely revealing calf development – Assoc/Prof Cameron Clark, University of Sydney

Q&A chaired by Hon. Niall Blair, Chair of the Dairy UP Steering & Advisory Board

Session 2: De-risking future dairying

Risk, strategy and business analysis in dairy farming – Prof Nicola Shadbolt, Massey University NZ

People, safety and culture – Ben James, Aurora Dairies

Panel discussion chaired by Dr Sabrina Lomax, University of Sydney


Day 2 – Thursday 18 November 9:00am – 12.00noon

Session 1: Farm teams: a world of perspectives

The Deloitte Global 2021 Millennial and Gen Z Survey – Elise Sharpley, Deloitte

Ag industry: my farming team – Nollaig Heffernen, Independent Management Consultant

Dairying: becoming an employer of choice – Sharon Parrish, Dairy farmer, Bodalla NSW

Panel discussion chaired by Greg Duncan, Dairy Australia

Session 2: Emerging Scientists

Seven emerging scientists share their research


2021 Sponsors

The Dairy Research Foundation is grateful for the sponsorship support of:

Local Land Services (Taree)

  • Main sponsor of the entire Symposium
  • Sponsor of the Emerging Scientists Competition


Dairy NSW

Sponsor of Session 1 on 18 November, Farm teams: a world of perspectives

Dairy UP 

Sponsor of Session 1 on 17 November, Dairy UP (Unlocking Potential)


NSW Farmers

Sponsor of Session 2 on 17 November, De-risking future dairying


Dairy News


Bega Cheese

Sydney Institute of Agriculture