A team of four up-and-coming dairy scientists has returned from the United States, where they learned about the latest scientific innovations occurring in dairy across the globe. Aged between 24 and 44, the group attended the 2018 American Dairy Science Association annual meeting, the world's largest dairy science conference, allowing them to build their knowledge base and bring back learnings to incorporate in their work in Australia.
Their learning experience was made possible by Dairy Australia's Dairy Science Travel Grants program, which gives Australians with a passion for dairy innovation an opportunity to network with world-leading scientists.
Dairy Australia program leader Peter Johnson said the program would continue to pay dividends for the Australian dairy industry.
"The American Dairy Science Association meeting showcased some of the most significant developments in dairy science, and it is vital these learnings are brought home to Australia through our program," Mr Johnson said.
This year's event showcased international research across a number of fields relevant to Australia, including the effect of heat stress in dry cows and advances in calf rearing.
"In conversations with other attendees, we were also able to share some of the great scientific research happening in Australian dairy - including the work being done at DairyBio, DairyFeedbase and DataGene," Mr Johnson said.
"These Dairy Australia and industry initiatives bring together large-scale integrated research using cutting-edge agricultural technologies, and to be able to talk about those innovations with some of the world's leading researchers was a terrific experience."
The Dairy Science Travel Grants are made available annually to applicants who are either early career scientists working in dairy or PhD students researching animal health, animal welfare or genetics and who have a background working in dairy.
This year's recipients were: Mikaela Baker, 24, from Beechport, South Australia. Tim Luke, 34, from Warragul, Victoria. Cassandra MacDonald, 29, from Bega, New South Wales. Daniel Espinosa, 44, from Trafalgar, Victoria.D
To find out more, visit website www.dairyaustralia.com.au/farm/people/scholarships-and-awards.