The talent pipeline shows a rising percentage of women entering agricultural degree programs, some of which point to more than 50% female attendees. In addition, the number of female primary dairy producers is increasing while some estimates point to women composing 67% of secondary farm operators. With this strategic partnership, both organizations are paving the way for a growing contingent of the dairy industry.
“DeLaval aims to be the premier company for women in dairy by the year 2018”, says Fernando Cuccioli, Vice President of Market Area North America for DeLaval, “I am very excited about our alliance with Dairy Girl Network since there is perfect alignment with our values and ambitions. As a leading company in the dairy industry, a key factor for our success is the diversity of our workforce. This includes the addition of more female professionals to our already large pool of talent.”
“The fast-growing Dairy Girl Network is posed to reach hundreds, if not thousands more dairywomen in the years ahead,” comments Laura Daniels, founder and president. “Thanks to DeLaval, we will strengthen Dairy Girl Network programming and continue the quest to reach more women in isolated areas.”
Dairy Girl Network’s first Forward TogetHER conference is scheduled for November 1-3 in Minneapolis, MN and is expected to draw 400 attendees. DeLaval will support the conference as well as other national and local events throughout the coming year.
DeLaval is a worldwide leader in milking equipment and solutions for dairy farmers, which make sustainable food production possible, warranting milk quality and animal health. Our solutions are used by millions of dairy farmers around the globe every day.
DeLaval was founded more than 130 years ago in Sweden, when the visionary Gustaf de Laval patented the cream separator. Today, DeLaval has 4,500 employees and operates in more than 100 markets. DeLaval, alongside Tetra Pak and Sidel, is part of the Tetra Laval Group. See more at www.delavalcorporate.com.
About Dairy Girl Network
The Dairy Girl Network connects all women of the dairy industry, encouraging ideas and camaraderie in an effort to achieve personal and professional development. Designed as a welcoming network of passionate women involved in dairy, relationships will grow through shared experience, support and inspiration. Learn more at www.dairygirlnetwork.com.
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Brenda Gilbertson, Dairy Girl Network Director of Public Relations
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