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GippsDairy Muster

We are thrilled to present the GippsDairy Muster 2022! 

The event will be held on Thursday, 5 May in Denison, part of the Macalister Irrigation District (MID). The MID is the largest irrigation district in southern Victoria, situated near Maffra in central Gippsland. It covers 54,753 ha of which 33,500 ha is used for irrigation – around 90% under pasture.

Driven by strong local input from GippsDairy’s farming community the Muster will deliver a diverse, informative and inspirational line-up of speakers. And the best part: It’s free!

Hear Richard Eckard discuss carbon, Nollaig Heffernan talk about recruitment and reward, and Rachael Robertson will talk about how she built resilience and respect in her team during a year spent in the world’s most remote workplace – Antarctica.

The program is full of short, sharp, practical take-home information and ideas to take your business to the next level.

In addition, there will be seven breakout stations, each with a subject matter expert.

Topics include nitrogen, Automatic Milking Systems, recruitment and reward, collars, genomic testing calves, Young Dairy Network and carbon.


When: 5 May, 2022

Where: Denison, Macalister Irrigation District (MID)

Where to get your ticket

Attendance to the Muster is FREE but registration by 29 April 2022 is essential for catering purposes. Go to the Muster Events Page to reserve your spot.

Muster Program

View the 2022 Muster program


Andrew Cavill 

Andrew was born in Gippsland and currently lives and works in Bool Lagoon in the Lower South East of South Australia about 100 k’s north of Mount Gambier.

He’s been a Dairy Farmer his whole life and has two sons in the Dairy Industry with his youngest to take over his farm in the coming years.

Andrew milks 700 mainly Friesian cows with a split Spring and Autumn calving on 600 Ha with 200 Ha of mainly pivot irrigation and some flood. They are a pasture-based operation with silage and grain used to manage pasture rotation.

He has always had a passion for the dairy industry, particularly research and extension and is currently Chair of Dairy SA.

Andrew will be speaking at Station 5.

Gerard Callinan

Meet Gerard Callinan, your emcee for the 2022 GippsDairy Muster.

Gerard moved to Gippsland in 2000 to work as the ABC's Rural Reporter and later host of the breakfast and morning shows. He’s become a familiar voice and presence on radio and at public events acting as emcee or fulfilling the role as guest speaker.

For this event he promises to keep things lively, ask difficult questions if needed and keep delegates informed and entertained.

Nollaig Heffernan

Meet Dr. Nollaig Heffernan, who’ll be speaking at the 2022 GippsDairy Muster.

Dr. Heffernan is an independent Management Consultant from Ireland, specialising in Leadership and Organisational Psychology. She helps businesses from sole-traders to multi-nationals to improve their performance by increasing the efficiency of their most valuable asset; their people.

Nollaig’s dual-discipline background in business and psychology has been invaluable in helping companies and organisations improve their performance across all business sectors including agriculture.

She was voted best speaker at Ireland’s Positive Farmers Conference in 2018 and 2019 by the estimated 500 farmer delegates.

Matt Harms

Matt Harms owns and operates ONFARM Consulting and has been in private Agricultural Consulting for 14 years.

Early in his career Matt worked at Ridley AgriProducts in both sales and marketing roles, then moved on to Murray Goulburn at Leongatha, where he worked in Field Services and was manager of the Leongatha branch for four years.

Matt has a passion for Farm Business performance and management and works closely with farmers on many aspects of dairy farm performance, business structures, sharefarm and lease arrangements, production issues and fine-tuning the farming system.

Whilst generally working one-on-one with farmers to help them achieve their goals, Matt also delivers programs across Gippsland as well as nationally, including Farm Business Fundamentals, Dairy Farm Business Analysis, Our Farm Our Plan, Fert$mart, Focus Farms as well as seasonal and tactical Field Days and discussion groups.

Shiona Berry

Shiona is a fourth-generation dairy farmer from South Gippsland and her family has owned their farm for one hundred years. She has previously worked as a nutrition consultant and has been a director on the GippsDairy board since 2017. She has been a mentor through the Cows Create Careers project.

Shiona will be speaking at Station 3.

Richard Eckard

Richard is Professor and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, University of Melbourne, a research centre addressing the impacts of a changing climate on agriculture. His research focuses on carbon farming and accounting towards carbon neutral agriculture, managing extreme climate events and options for agriculture to respond to a changing climate.

He developed the first greenhouse gas accounting tools for agriculture and his research provided the science basis for six carbon offset methods in Australia.

Richard is a science advisor to the Australian, New Zealand, UK and European Union governments, the International Livestock Research Institute and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation on climate change adaptation, mitigation and policy development in agriculture. Richard was recently named on the Reuters list of the world’s 1,000 most influential climate scientists.

Rachael Robertson

Rachael returned to Australia after 12 months in the Antarctic, where she successfully led the 58th Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition to Davis Station.  She was only the second female to ever lead a team at the Station and one of the youngest ever leaders.

Prior to this Rachael held senior operational management roles for 16 years in a range of complex and challenging environments and now works in the field of leadership development sharing her experiences.

Since returning to Australia, Rachael has completed her MBA and written two best-selling books. The first, Leading on the Edge, is based on her year in Antarctica. In 2020 she released her second best-seller, Respect trumps Harmony which provides the tools to build resilient, high performing teams based on research and case studies collected over 15 years.

She is an international keynote speaker and has presented at over 1,500 conferences around the world.

Peter Notman

Peter has always been passionate about the dairy industry and supporting the agriculture industry to improve productivity and efficiency through enhanced growth in the paddock.

Growing up on a dairy farm at Jindivick, Peter’s love of dairy led to purchasing a 100-acre dairy farm with wife Elaine in 1980 at Poowong, South Gippsland.  In 1987, Peter and his wife Elaine also established Notman Pasture Seeds, a business that provides pasture and forage crop seeds and advice across Gippsland & southern Australia.

In 2008 Peter established Walcha Dairy on a greenfield site, now milking 800 cows in an 80-stand rotary and supplying fresh milk to the South East Queensland liquid milk market.

A Nuffield scholar in 1997, Peter has also had extensive involvement in the dairy industry through facilitating Focus Farms across Gippsland and Western Victoria. 

Peter will be speaking at Station 1.

Steph Bullen

Steph grew up on a beef cattle property near Geelong and is a registered veterinarian. Steph did her veterinary degree at Charles Sturt University, graduating in 2011.

Her final year honours project involved the development of an Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) for gastrointestinal parasite resistance in Angus cattle. She worked at Maffra Veterinary Centre for 5 years and undertook a Residency in Dairy Cattle Medicine during that time.

She then moved to Murray Goulburn Co-Operative (later bought by Canadian company Saputo) where she worked as a Milk Quality Specialist for 3.5 years. In late 2019, Steph joined Dairy Australia as National Lead – Animal Health & Fertility where she is now the custodian of renowned national programs Countdown and InCalf as well as some newer projects such as the accelerating heifer genomics and antimicrobial stewardship projects. She is passionate about helping dairy farmers and contributing to a highly successful and sustainable dairy industry.

Steph will be speaking at Station 4.

Peter Williams

Peter joined DataGene in 2011 as an Extension Officer after many years of experience in the Artificial Breeding (AI) Industry. After completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons), Peter started work in the dairy industry at VAB / GAC based at Bacchus Marsh and spent 13 years working in the Progeny Test & Sire Procurement. This involved the selection and importation of the first ever live bulls and embryos from Nth America . This was followed by another 12 years managing the Sire Acquisition and Progeny Testing at RAB Albury and ABS Australia where iconic bulls such as DONOR, GOLDBULLION and FLOWERPOWER were developed.

Peter has also worked extensively with on-farm breeding programs such mating programs and AI bull selection advice. This has involved farmer contact and travel right around Australia and over-seas. This places Peter in his role with DataGene as a hands-on experience offering practical advice and simple farmer solutions to help meet their breeding  goals and how to best use the many tools that are available.

Peter will be speaking at Station 5.

Krystal and Nick Bermingham

Krystal and Nick recently purchased their farm in Nambrok. They milk 320 cows at peak and have recently gone to seasonal calving. This year is their first year with no calving in the autumn and all calving in spring.

“It took a lot of work and advice to get our herd to be able to calve majority in the spring this year. We felt seasonal was a better option for our young family to have more time with our 3 young children,” Krystal said.

They don’t come from a farming background but have grown to love the industry and the lifestyle it brings.

Krystal and Nick will be speaking at Station 6.

Beth Scott

Beth (BAV, MAS) is a PhD candidate studying dairy genetics at La Trobe University. Her current work specifically looks at the impact of genetic selection on inbreeding, with previous projects focused on the genetic contribution towards stillbirths in the Jersey breed.

She also has a part-time position at Dairy Australia, where she contributes to a project seeking to increase the uptake of genomic testing amongst Australian dairy farmers. She is passionate about driving animal improvement in the Australian dairy industry forward and doing so sustainably and responsibly.

Beth grew up on a dairy farm in South Gippsland sparking a lifelong interest in animal genetics, both in the show ring and in the scientific arena. In 2014, Beth completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, before undertaking a Master of Animal Science in animal breeding and genetics at the world-leading Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

When not calculating inbreeding coefficients, Beth continues to breed and show dairy cattle. She loves meeting people who are passionate about breeding and would like nothing more than to discuss embryo transfers, pedigrees and genomics over a beverage or two.

Beth will be speaking at Station 5.  


Katherine Vaughan is GippsDairy’s sponsorship coordinator who is happy to assist with any queries or to discuss sponsorship options for your company. Conference Coordinator Sallie Clynes is also available to assist with any of your sponsorship needs.

Katherine Vaughan, 0419 755 004 or

Sallie Clynes, 0437 832 877 or

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