Engage with a broad range of dairy industry stakeholders and the general public about dairying and climate change issues. To do this, we had a FRDS quiz with the winner receiving $1,000 outdoor equipment gift voucher. Talking people through the quiz questions was a great way to engage in a casual conversation about dairying and climate change.
We also had a live energy monitoring display set up by Go Lime Solutions which tracked energy usage in the Dairy Pavilion.
The FRDS stand also had an extensive display of dairy industry and climate change fact sheets.
Ryan Burrows was the lucky winner of the Future Ready Dairy Systems Quiz held at Agfest. Ryan, age 15, has just the sort of enthusiasm the Tasmanian dairy industry needs. Ryan is keen to develop his skills in the dairy industry and is currently considering sharefarming options in the future. Ryan attends Leighlands Christian School and works at “Blythe Vale” dairy farm at South Riana in his spare time. Dairying for Tomorrow Coordinator, Rachel Brown, says “It is fantastic that we’ve got people like Ryan coming through. He is enthusiastic about the industry and I was really impressed with his knowledge of sustainability issues for the dairy industry“. Ryan has spent his gift voucher on bushwalking gear and is looking forward to getting out in the bush this summer, in between time on the farm.
The quiz was hard, so there was opportunity for plenty of discussion about the answers. Many people said they learned a lot doing the quiz. The most commented learning was that methane emissions from cows come from the front end, not the back end!