Well we managed to pull it off. In two weeks eastAUSmilk hosted eight Dairy Resilience Dinners across the flood impacted regions of Queensland.
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Allora was one of eight locations for Dairy Resilience Dinners.

The meetings were held in Wondai, Kandanga, Maleny, Beaudesert, Plainlands, Allora, Toowoomba and Pinelands.

Another Dairy Resilience Dinner is to be held in Malanda at The Top Rail (Old RSL) on Thursday, April 21. RSVP to 0437 923 398.

The events were a huge success with attendance reaching over 160 people. A big thank you to all our farmers who supported the events. I also need to thank the DAF Dairy team and the eastAUSmilk team for their support that made it possible.

When all types of social, sporting, community and industry events were being cancelled due to flooding it made me convinced that Dairy Resilience Dinners were needed now more than ever.

These events have been delivered through the Farm Business Resilience Program which aims to build the strategic management capacity of farmers to prepare for and manage business and climate risks.

Feedback received has been positive with most saying the dinner was a great opportunity to get off farm for a couple of hours and check in on how friends were coping. The general sentiment is that we should have more of these events for the dairy industry.

Discussions focused on the flood impacts on farm and the various assistance available for primary producers to help their businesses with flood recovery as well as touching on the new drought assistance suite.

It was fantastic to have representatives from QRIDA, Rural Aid and the DAF Dairy team in attendance to support the discussions.

The Farm Business Resilience Program is co-funded through the Australian government’s Future Drought Fund and the Queensland government’s Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP).

Warrnambool dairy farmer Bernie Free has emerged as the new UDV president, following a torrid year for the dairy body which has seen an exodus of members to join a breakaway representative body.

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