Did you know? Dookie Campus

January 11 / 52

This year, the University will celebrate the 125 years of research and teaching at Dookie Campus.

Though Dookie has traditional ties to Melbourne School of Land and Environment, several other faculties also use it.

The Melbourne School of Engineering and the Faculty of Business and Economics are collaborating with MSLE on leading research into increasing water efficiency on farms in the $10 millon Farms, Rivers, Markets project, and the Faculty of Veterinary Science has horses on agistment at Dookie and send its students to stay there while studying farm animals across the Goulburn Valley.

Dean of the Melbourne School of Land and Environment Professor Rick Roush said since its inception, Dookie had been the site of research and experimental trials by students, academics, and industry.

"Trials in progress include collaborations with the CSIRO, Department of Primary Industries Victoria, Collaborative Research Centres and industry," he said. 

Teaching and research at Dookie are strongly linked. Areas of strength include production systems, cropping, viticulture and horticulture, animal science (especially sheep and dairy), animal welfare and the efficient use of water in agriculture.

Dookie offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs and short courses which are delivered in intensive blocks. Programs provide students with hands-on experience and training including, project work with farming enterprise activities and associated resource management issues.

Dookie is half-way between Shepparton and Benalla in central Victoria, about 200km north of Melbourne. It is the University's major rural higher education campus.

The campus also incorporates the 2446 hectare Dookie Farm, which hosts five different enterprises: broadacre space, (used for growing crops, sheep and beef), a bushland reserve, a dairy, an orchard and a vineyard and winery.

The farm has four roles: to operate commercially, to support the educational goals of the University, to provide a laboratory for research and to facilitate outreach and knowledge transfer.

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