Holstein Australia is delighted to announce it will be hosting the World Holstein Friesian Conference in Melbourne in January 2028.
Gino Pacitti, President of Holstein Australia, believes that this will be a great opportunity to showcase Australian Holstein genetics on the world stage.
“Australia is one of the best places to showcase the versatility of the Holstein cow with its wide range of grassland and mixed farming systems to Holstein breeders from around the world.
“Melbourne, the capital of our largest dairy producing state, is also the ideal venue with direct international flights from key cities around the world and easy access to prime dairy regions and Holstein Australia member herds.
“I’m sure that with the support of members and HA staff we’ll be able to create a world class event that shows Australia and the Holstein breed in the best way possible. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for our members to meet breeders from around the world in their own back yard.”
While 2028 may seem a long way ahead, plans for the World Holstein Friesian Conference in Melbourne are well advanced. Working together with the Melbourne Convention Bureau, International Dairy Week and Holstein Friesian New Zealand, a provisional program has been put together.
To keep up to date with our plans for the 2028 World Holstein Friesian Conference register your interest at WHFF2028@holstein.com.au today
Proposed Event Program
As well as experiencing the best that Melbourne has to offer, HA members and international visitors will have the opportunity to visit member herds in west and northern Victoria, take part in special WHFF events at International Dairy Week and visit New Zealand, taking in the NZ Dairy Event and Holstein Show.
Wednesday 13th - Sunday 16th January
Optional – Tour to include Holstein Australia Master Breeder herd visits, Great Ocean Road, UNESCO World Heritage recognised Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, and Grampians National Park
Sunday 16th January - day
WHFF Board Meeting
Holstein Australia Office, Melbourne
Sunday 16th January - evening
WHFF 2028 Conference Welcome Dinner
Monday 17th January - day
WHFF Conference & General Assembly Day 1
Melbourne Convention & Exhibiton Centre
Monday 17th January - evening
WHFF 2028 Gala Dinner
Tuesday 18th January - day
WHFF Conference & General Assembly Day 2 (followed by WHFF Board Meeting)
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Tuesday 18th January - evening
Optional - Melbourne Cultural / Food and Wine Experience
Monday 17th – Tuesday 18th January
Melbourne and Yarra Valley Accompanying Persons Tours
Melbourne and Yarra Valley
Wednesday 19th January - day
International Dairy Week Day 1 and Australia’s National Holstein Show (to include Accompanying Persons Tours)
Tatura and Echuca
Wednesday 19th January - evening
Australian Regional Experience and Dinner
Melrose Farm and Vineyard
Thursday 20th January - day
International Dairy Week Day 2 and Australia’s National Holstein Show (afternoon return to Melbourne)
Tatura and Melbourne
Thursday 20th January - evening
Optional – Melbourne Greek Food Experience
Friday 21st – Friday 28th January
Optional – New Zealand 2028 World Holstein Conference Post Tour hosted by Holstein Friesian New Zealand taking in herd visits and the New Zealand Dairy Event and Holstein Show
Along with visits to Holstein breeders in some of Australia’s prime dairy regions, there will be many opportunities for WHFF delegates, family and friends to visit some iconic Australian sites. Tours are currently being planned to visit:
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one of the world's most scenic coastal drives. See the towering 12 Apostles, get up close to native wildlife, and take in iconic surf breaks, pristine rainforest and misty waterfalls. Get outdoors on bushwalking, surfing and mountain biking expeditions or take the cultural route through galleries, museums and heritage attractions.
Budj Bim Cultural Landscape
The UNESCO World Heritage listed Budj Bim Cultural Landscape is a unique place with universal heritage values that demonstrate how Gunditjmara people worked with the natural resources and environment of the Victorian south west region to establish a permanent place of human society – pre-dating Egyptian society and the Pyramids - over the past 30,000 years and beyond.
Grampians National Park
Traditionally known as Gariwerd, Grampians National Park is home to the largest number of significant and ancient Aboriginal rock art paintings and shelters in southern Australia. The Grampians draws walkers from around the world. Hike to the highest peak within the Grampians, Mount William, or explore the plethora of walks around Halls Gap and the Wonderland Range. There are more relaxing pursuits to enjoy in the Grampians, too. Go fishing, canoeing or kayaking at Lake Wartook, Lake Bellfield and Moora Moora Reservoir or one of the park’s many other streams and creeks.
Yarra Valley Wine Region
Victoria’s Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, featuring rolling hills strung with vines, secluded natural valleys set against blue mountain backdrops and lush greenery and pastures, plus some of Australia’s top wineries. A visit to the Healesville Sanctuary wildlife park, home to native Australian birds and animals like platypus, koalas, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds, echidnas and more, is also being planned.
To keep up to date with all the news on WHFF 2028 register your interest by sending an email to WHFF2028@holstein.com.au today.