Tasmania's dairy farmers are ready to be informed, inspired, interactive and innovative.
These four themes are the pillars of the 2019 Tasmanian Dairy Conference, which will be held at Country Club Tasmania on Thursday, followed by the dairy awards event.
About 200 people are expected to attend both events.
DairyTas executive officer Jonathan Price said the conference was planned based on member surveys and insights gleaned from the board.
"We're very excited by the program," Mr Price said.
"Despite the challenges nationally, the confidence of Tasmanian dairy farmers remains solid, with farmers continuing to invest in their businesses.
"We have been impacted by higher grain prices, but dairy fundamentals remain strong," he said.
The first session - Inform - features an overview of the global dairy and grains sectors, with analysis from from Michael Whitehead, of ANZ Agribusiness Insights, followed by tips on dairy business adaptability with Dr David Barber.
"It will inform farmers of market information and building a resilient dairy business," Mr Price said.
Inspire is on the agenda for the second session, with Michael McQueen talking to business owners about engaging millennials to work with them effectively and how millennials can build trust with older generations.
During this inspire session agCap chief executive Wolfie Wagner will lead a discussion on attracting, retaining and creating the right culture in dairy teams.
Dr Megan Verdon and Dr Adam Langworthy from Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture will give an overview of their virtual herding project during the interactive sessions, showing conference attendees how fences can be eliminated, with a GPS system used to define boundaries instead and dairy cattle wearing collars to rotate through grazing areas.
These interactive sessions also include conversations with Lisa Turnbull from Aurora Energy about power, and farm safety with Phill John from Safe Farming Tasmania.
Innovation finishes the knowledge sessions for the day, with vet Charlotte Westwood showing farmers how to enhance conception rates through nutrition and Paul Edwards discussing once-a-day milking.
"The afternoon focus is on improving business performance, such as conception rates and once-a-day milking," Mr Price said.
"The conference will conclude with the awards dinner, highlighting key performers in the industry," he said.
The 12th annual dairy conference runs between 9am and 5pm, followed by the awards dinner at 6.30pm.