Northern Victorians have been invited to learn more about University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus at the ‘Dookie Day’ on Wednesday, October 18.
Visitors can experience the Dookie campus and the latest developments in research, learning and teaching in plant and animal health, farming, food and agribusiness, and look into the courses in agriculture, veterinary medicine and food science.
The public can explore the 2440ha agricultural campus and its community.
Dookie is the largest agricultural campus in the Southern Hemisphere.
Visitors can meet students based at the campus, from diploma to PhD-level; sample wine, cheese and beer; and participate in interactive displays.
The campus robotic dairy, which individually measures every cow’s health and milk output, has achieved a high rating by Dairy Australia for low bacterial cell counts.
Staff will demonstrate new technologies, including drones that monitor plant health and a machine that kills weeds with microwaves instead of pesticides.
‘Dookie Day’ will include free seminars on mastitis control, preventing footrot in sheep, sheep progeny evaluation and more from leading agricultural and veterinary science researchers.
Sensory scientists will demonstrate how the latest technology measures biometric responses to food and helps us to understand why people like the food they like.
Research students will present their work and show how their projects contribute to agricultural productivity, animal and human health.
■For more details, go to: http://fvas.unimelb.edu.au/news-and-events/dookie-day