Dawn Waite, South West Victorian dairy farm owner
The Legendairy South West Ladies Group gathered in Warrnambool, Victoria this week to discuss opportunities to support, mentor and upskill women in dairy, and expand connections with women in other dairy groups.
Co-established earlier in 2014 by South West Victorian dairy farmers Simone Renyard and Roma Britnell, the group is comprised of around 15 dairy women, each of whom brings different experience and skills to the mix. The Legendairy group aspires to give back to their local dairy community, as well as learn from one another.
“Each member brings unique experience outside of dairy to contribute towards the group. We aspire to support and mentor women in dairy – and between us, we have plenty of enthusiasm to make it happen,” said Ms Renyard.
Guest speaker, ADF CEO, Natalie Collard presented on her career path inside and outside of dairy,leadership and inspiring change. Ms Collard also encouraged the group to consider how challenging career moments can often lead to your greatest achievements.
Co-founder of the group, Roma Britnell also presented at the meeting on her recent trip to China, funded by The Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation. The similarity between Chinese and European dairying, as well as the first class robotic factories, impressed Ms Britnell and were of keen interest to the group.
The Legendairy South West Ladies Group is hoping to host a lunch in March 2015, with more information to follow.