AFIA Fodder Forum Webinar Series
Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) is hosting a Fodder Forum Series throughout September with keynote presentations and seasonal updates from different regions of Australia.
Weekly, Thursdays at 7pm (AEST):
2 September – Non Negotiable: Safety!
9 September – R&D Outcomes and Infrastructure Return on Investment
16 September – 3D Futures – Opportunities for Ag
23 September – Automation
23 September – Forecasting Fodder’s Future + AGM
AFIA is the national body that oversees and promotes the fodder industry in the country. The aim of AFIA is to enhance the quality of the product and the profits of the industry.
Members of AFIA come from all sections of the fodder supply chain. This includes producers, consumers, traders, researchers, and machinery manufacturers.
- The webinars are a platform for reconnecting with AFIA members, engaging with non-members and the broader supply chain
- The purpose is to also provide an opportunity to discuss key issues impacting the fodder industry
- Entegra has a partner agreement and is the preferred supplier of sheds for AFIA members
- AFIA was formed in 1996 and carries out valuable work in research and development, as well as hosting forums
- Prior to AFIA, the Australian fodder industry was disorganised and disjointed due to the lack of a central body
Why was the AFIA founded?
At one time, the Australian fodder industry was disorganised and disjointed due to the lack of a central body. The situation changed when the federal government put forward funds through the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).
These funds were used to back a consultation with the aim of developing a “National uniform objective quality control system for Australian fodder.” This resulted in the formation of AFIA in February 1996.
The work of AFIA
The work of AFIA is centred on improving the fodder industry. There are a number of ways in which this is done. This includes investing in research and development, improving collaboration and communication, and introducing new technologies.
Members of AFIA also have the opportunity to develop valuable networks in the industry. The value of all of AFIA’s work is clear to see. There were originally a few dozen members and now there are over 300.
The Australian fodder industry today
The success of the fodder industry in Australia owes much to the work of AFIA. Today, the industry is worth around $1.4 billion. Around 6.2 million tonnes of hay and 2.8 million tonnes of silage are traded each year.
AFIA has contributed to this success by:
- Producing and analysing relevant data.
- Supporting industry connections by hosting networking events.
- Engaging in research and development.
- Advocating a positive operating environment throughout the industry.
Current AFIA chair, Brad Griffiths is continuing the good work of his predecessors. The young farmer from South Australia took over the role from respected NSW farmer and agronomist Frank McRae. He is passionate about continuing with the vital work of AFIA which includes proving valuable benefits for members.
These members come from a variety of different backgrounds. This includes growers, transporters, exporters, end-users, chemical and machinery manufacturers, and packaging specialists. The benefits they gain from membership include:
- Saving money on industry events such as AFIA’s Regional Fodder Festivals.
- Attending forums and events which present networking opportunities.
- Access to industry data through the Weekly Hay Report.
- Potential participation in research and development projects.
- Access to AFIA communication tools. This includes ‘Focus on Fodder’ magazine, an e-newsletter, the AFIA website, and AFIA’s social media platforms.
It’s not only individual members who benefit from the existence of AFIA. The association also enhances the industry overall with its work. This includes:
- Promoting the industry and its members.
- Speaking to the media regarding key issues for the fodder industry.
- Advising the government and regulators.
- Hosting regular forums for discussion of industry concerns.
- Working with exporters to deliver the Australian Export Fodder Five Year Plan.
- Supporting programs within businesses.
- Developing industry best practices.
- Supporting farmers and agricultural professionals who are the future of the industry.
AFIA relies on its membership to enable it to grow its enterprises and industry support. This in turn benefits those members.
Any industry professional who wants to apply for membership of AFIA can do so here.