Program helps future farmers

ADVICE: A mentoring program will pair experience dairy farmers with newcomers to the dairy industry.

Have you ever thought it would be nice to have a mentor in the dairy industry who you could bounce ideas off?

Or on the other hand, have you wanted to help someone who has recently entered the dairy industry?

The DairySage mentoring program is there to help you find a mentor or someone to mentor.

Another DairySage mentoring program will be held in western Victoria in 2011.

DairySage mentoring is a Victorian dairy industry initiative to help develop and retain people in the dairy industry.

DairySage mentoring started in 2007 and over the past three years more than 100 people have been involved and found it a great experience.

WestVic Dairy and The People in Dairy program from Dairy Australia set up the program with funding from the Geoffrey Gardiner Foundation.

The DairySage mentoring program is a free personal development program matching dairy industry people in meaningful and rewarding partnerships.

This is achieved through a two-day introduction workshop followed by program support and a framework to ensure successful mentoring partnerships.

The program is open to all members of the dairy industry: farmers, manufacturers and service providers, the young and the young at heart.

It is a two-way relationship between two people, the teacher and the student, which benefits both parties.

Mentors will gain access to new information, new networks and new trends.

Mentees can tap into the mentor’s skills, experience and networks.

For more information and to register your interest in becoming a DairySage mentor or mentee, please contact WestVic Dairy on (03) 5592 2477 by Monday, January 24.

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