Dairy bioscience took its place alongside the cochlear ear implant, aeronautics and global stock exchange surveillance software when major technology advances
were showcased to the Prime Minister and other dignitaries last month.
Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) President Noel Campbell joined Dairy Futures CRC’s CEO David Nation and Chair Mike Ginnivan at Parliament House in Canberra
for the annual Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Association Conference.
This year’s event, themed Australia 2040, celebrated 25 years of innovations by more than 40 CRCs to Australian leaders, including Prime Minister Tony
Abbott. The conference included an innovation showcase, at which many of the 400 attendees, including ministers, parliamentarians, advisers and ambassadors,
took the opportunity to better understand both the scale of innovation being undertaken by the dairy industry and how bioscience will make a real difference
to dairy farm businesses through pasture and cattle breeding.
Mr Campbell, Dr Nation and Dr Ginnivan met the Prime Minister and discussed how Dairy Futures CRC is enhancing dairy productivity through pasture and herd
improvements using genomics.
Dr Nation said that agriculture now sits beside medicine as a major driver of scientific progress in Australia.
“Dairy Futures CRC is a success story for industry-driven innovation. We have over-delivered on our original commitments and transformed dairy herd and
pasture breeding in Australia.
“The effects of many of our innovations are already in farmers’ and commercial partners’ hands and we expect these will grow rapidly over the next 10 years.”
After the showcase, Dairy Futures CRC was delighted to join ADF in hosting The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon and Senator Bridget McKenzie at a dinner in the Great
Hall at Parliament House.
Other distinguished guests included the Prime Minister, keynote speaker and Minister for Industry and Science, The Hon. Ian Macfarlane, Australia’s Chief
Scientist, Ian Chubb, as well as ambassadors, high commissioners and senior officials from 15 countries.
Mr Macfarlane spoke of the great benefit CRCs have brought to research and development in Australia, delivering significant economic, environmental and
ADF looks forward to working with Dairy Futures to build the long term sustainability of farming practices, and will continue to advocate strongly for
the positive innovations of transformational bioscience.