Western Dairy Young Dairy Network

The Western Dairy Young Dairy Network (YDN) was established to

  • Develop and build the capacity of young dairy farmers by improving their knowledge, skills, confidence and leadership abilities;
  • To retain and attract young people to dairy through the communication and promotion of opportunities within the industry to young farmers and service providers;
  • To develop dairy communities by building social networks and increasing the participation of young people in their communities; and
  • To strengthen the network through enhancing the skills of the YDN coordinator.

Become a member of the YDN today, it’s free! Click here

The Western Dairy YDN operates out of the Western Dairy’s bunbury office and is coordinated by Jessica Andony. Jessica divides her time between technical duties on several of Western Dairy’s research projects, a range of extension activities and the role of coordinating events for WA’s young dairy farmers.

Jessica is a fountain of energy and great ideas and has driven a fresh wave of momentum through the network, with a bag full of activities planned.

She is a big advocate of study tours to make sure young people expand their ideas and networks by seeing how other dairy regions operate. She also works hard to overcome the cost hurdle of study tours by actively seeking sponsorship to help alleviate the cost.

“As soon as you jump on a plane from Perth there is a big cost, as we are a long way from other dairy regions – but that doesn’t stop us,” says Jessica. 

The Network has grown significantly under Jessica’s management and her ambition is to make sure every young person working on a dairy farm in WA joins the group.

“We have about 160 dairy farm businesses in WA so we’re a small community of farmers, but that doesn’t mean that everyone knows one another, as we are a very spread out region geographically.

“The formation of the Young Dairy Network with the support from Dairy Australia has meant that we have been able to bring our young farmers together. Having an interesting range of YDN activities to choose from means we are well placed to reach out to everyone.”

The Western Dairy YDN runs a wide range of events from educational study tours to technical workshops to social evenings. A mix of both social and education events help young farmers to grow and learn in a comfortable environment. In the past we have run quiz nights, dinners, finance and genetics workshops, visited the Tasmania’s Dairy industry and much more.

To keep up to date with upcoming events you can join the YDN, it’s a no cost membership and you’ll be invited to a variety of events. The majority of events are free to attend.

UPDATE: Expressions of Interest are currently open for a young farmers dinner in January. Guest speaker and bar tab on the evening. To be held in Bunbury. Places are limited. Please contact us for further information.

To join the Western Dairy YDN Facebook group click here.

Contact the Western Dairy YDN Regional Coordinator:

Jessica Andony

Jessica Andony

Western Dairy Research and Extension Officer

Email: jessica@westerndairy.com.au

Tel: (08) 9724 2420

Mob: 0435 174 719

eYDN Regional Updates

In March 2016 the Subtropical Dairy farmers travelled over to WA to visit some of our local farmers, and along the way met some of our passionate young farmers. 

They pitched to them “What does it take to be a successful Young Farmer in the WA Dairy Industry?”, to see their answer click on the below link to watch a short video clip.


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