Mid Conference Tour to Ellinbank

Date: Wednesday 17 February 2016
Time: 0900 - 1600
Cost: Tickets: $55
Includes: Bus transfer to and from Ellinbank and a boxed lunch

The National Centre for Dairy Research and Development at Ellinbank is located 110 km south-east of Melbourne in the foothills of the rolling Strzelecki Ranges of West Gippsland, Victoria. Started in the 1950s, Ellinbank has a long history of conducting research and development for the Australian Dairy Industry. Recent projects have included research into supplementary feeding of cows at pasture, partial mixed rations for dairy cows, identification of genetic markers for feed conversion efficiency in dairy cows, development of improved methods for measuring methane emissions from dairy cows, measuring the effect of various feed types on methane emissions, screening large numbers of dairy cows for their methane yield in order to identify genetic markers associated with low methane emitting animals, and measuring the effect of heat stress on cattle and their methane emissions.

Visitors will be able to inspect the Ellinbank facilities including the 217 hectare research farm with 500 dairy cows, a modern dairy, a number of animal facilities, individual feed pens with automatic recording of feed intake, and an advanced metabolic research unit used to measure feed digestion by dairy cows.

Of special interest to GGAA attendees will be a range of facilities and exhibits related to greenhouse gas measurement. The tour will include a number of stations that visitors will rotate through to view and hear short presentations on the following:
  • Two styles of dairy cow respiration chambers: with one set similar to those at Reading and Hillsborough in the UK, and six new (No Pollution) climate-controlled calorimeters.
  • SF6 technique: Dairy cows fitted with the latest equipment to measure methane emissions by the SF6 technique.
  • Open Path Laser systems: An in vivo display will feature various laser systems used to measure methane emissions from grazing cows.
  • Nitrous oxide automatic and static chambers: A number of designed of automatic and static chambers, used to measure nitrous oxide emissions from grazed pasture, will be on display and functioning.
  • In vitro systems: An indoor display will feature three different in vitro systems used to measure total gas production and methane production from ruminal fluid.

Scientists will be on hand to answer your questions on all of these techniques.

Melbourne Tours

Whether visiting from overseas or interstate, delegates and guests are invited to discover the City of Melbourne and its surrounds.

The conference secretariat has negotiated a special conference discount on all Melbourne tours available through the link below. These tours are operated by Gray Line, providing the flexibility to select your preferred tour options and travel dates, including prior to and after the conference.

For more information, or to make a booking and take advantage of the conference discount, please click the link below and select 'Melbourne'.

Delegates and guests must use the link below to access the conference discount which will be applied on the payment page.

Please find below some suggested touring options available through Gray Line.

Melbourne City

Tour the highlights of Melbourne from its gardens to famous arcades and laneways, cultural icons and Melburnian lifestyle. City fringe inner suburbs offer a treasure trove of vintage finds, boutiques and eclectic eateries - a great introduction to this beautiful city.

Melbourne laneways

The Great Ocean Road

An amazing coastline to travel and stunningly breathtaking, the Great Ocean Road is a photographer's delight and consistently features in the Top 10 of the world's greatest scenic coastal drives. Your tour along the iconic Great Ocean Road takes in spectacular coastal views of long sandy beaches, rolling surf, precipitous coastal cliffs and river inlets.

Great Ocean Road

Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Every evening at dusk the Little Penguins come home from the sea at Phillip Island. Watch from an elevated boardwalk as they waddle cautiously from the beach to their burrows after a long day out at sea. Phillip Island is a treasure trove of Australian wildlife; seals, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birdlife and penguins – the ultimate experience for those interested in Australian animals and amazing landscapes.

Phillip Island Penguins

Yarra Valley Wineries

Sample some of the best wine and food the state of Victoria has to offer whilst traveling through the serene forest of the Blue Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley, one of Australia's most picturesque wine regions.

Yarra Valley

Many other Melbourne and surrounds tours are also available to book using the link above.


Please be advised that the above tours are offered by independent operators who do not have any connection with the conference or the conference organisers. This information is provided to delegates on a general basis and it is the delegate's responsibility to research, make a booking and pay for the service provided directly with the supplier. Please ensure you read the terms and conditions on the tour operator's website before proceeding with payment. Any issues relating to tour bookings are at the expense of the delegate and not the responsibility of the conference or the conference organisers.

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