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                                                     NewSletter
Volume 19, No. 6                                                                                                                                      AUGUST 2010



  Supplier Seminar SucceSS
                                                         WITH suppliers fully aware of the importance                   On early impressions, David rates WCB as
 award dates set                                         of having an effective Chief Executive Officer/
                                                         Managing Director running the company, it is
                                                                                                                     an excellent company with great prospects.
                                                                                                                     ``Most importantly we are a highly respected
                                                         safe to say dairy farmers attending the recent              company from our suppliers, customers and
 ONE of the south-west’s longest running and most
                                                         supplier meetings would have been impressed                 competitors alike,’ ’ he said.
 popular annual dairy farming awards is set to be
 decided next month (September).                         with recently appointed CEO, David Lord.                       ``It’s all about what customers think of our
                                                           These annual meetings provided David                      products and by having engaged enthusiastic
   Hosted by the Simpson & District Lions Club, the      with the perfect opportunity to meet up                     employees is a key to business performance.’ ’
 Graham Hall Farm Management Award attracts              with suppliers and it was pleasing to see how                  According to David, productivity is people
 plenty of interest each year.
                                                         comfortably he has slotted into his new role.               based and he maintains that continuous
    Open to any farmer, sharefarmer, or leasee             Aside from all the necessary credentials,                 improvement is vital, with all employees
 under 40 years of age and living within a 50            David painted a brief, yet impressive, picture              needing to be creatively involved with
 kilometre radius of Simpson, all that is required is    of the important role his family - wife Janine,             activities, be hands-on and financially driven.
 a nomination be phoned to any of the committee          three sons and two dogs - play in his life.                    Last, but not least David claimed that
 members listed below on or before closing date of
                                                           And he wasted no time in declaring his                    business strategy must drive everything, with
 applications, Tuesday, August 31.
                                                         association with the Hawthorn Football Club,                senior managers having a bias for action.
    Graham Hall was a young farmer who tragically        proudly admitting how each of his boys just                    Telling of a recent win/win outcome
 lost his life in a tractor accident 27 years ago, and   happened to be born in a Hawks’ Premiership                 between WCB and National Foods, David
 has been remembered each year since Nick Weel           Year.                                                       said the company has signed off on a large
 won the first award in 1983.
                                                           Unfortunately, just a day after the last of               five-year cheese supply arrangement.
    While there were no awards for the period 1994       the supplier meetings, David’s beloved Hawks                   Yes, one could safely wager that David
 - 1998, the contest was revived when taken over by      were crushed by the Sydney Swans, suggesting                created a favorable impression at his first
 the Simpson Lions Club and it remains one of the        that the task of winning another flag, might just           series of meetings with his suppliers.
 most prestigious district farming awards.               be flying a little too high.
 entry details
    If readers know of any entrant who fits the
 above criteria please nominate them to any of the
 following committee members: Tony Tesselaar 52
 352 519; Gavan Crole 55 943 243; Trevor Salmon
 52 352 563 or Rob Leishman 55 951 383.
    Dairyfarmers within the Corangamite Shire are
 also urged to put the thinking cap on and nominate
 a member of the younger brigade for the upcoming
 Corangmite Youth Awards.
   The competition is seeking to have young people,
 aged between 12 and 25 who have made a
 contribution to the local dairy or agricultural area
 by nominating them for this highly sought after
 award.
    It is very simple to nominate a young person and
 have them recognised for their work and make the
 industry more welcoming for newcomers to enter.
   Nomination forms for the youth awards can be
 obtained from the Shire Office in Camperdown
 anytime after August 12 at 181 Manifold Street,
 Camperdown.
                                                         Rachel Hussey (Woolsthorpe), Keira Gillin (Warrnambool), Debbie Lenehan (Koroit), Cathy Parsons (Allansford) and Mary
                                                         Hussey (Woolsthorpe) enjoyed a great night at the Warrnambool Racecourse venue.

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                               Kids just love to have fun
SUPPLIERS living away from the Warrnambool                                                                     Kim was surprised to learn from festival                                     of the opinion that many will visit the Allansford
region are probably unaware of the size of the Fun                                                          attendees just how far many had travelled to be                                 site next time they are in the vicinity, particularly
4 Kids Festival organised by the Warrnambool                                                                part of the action and how many were buyers                                     when they learned there is no admision price to
City Council in June/July each year, but make no                                                            of Warrnambool Cheese & Butter (WCB)                                            the Museum.
mistake it is a huge promotion.                                                                             products.
   Unquestionably one of the largest and most
successful festivals for our kids, the promotion                                                            Flying the flag                                                                    Farm wage increase
attracted an estimated 25,000 to the impressive
under-cover site on Warrnambool’s Village                                                                      ``It was fitting we had a stall flying the dairying                          WITH increases in the rate-of-pay for dairy
Green.                                                                                                      flag and hearing first-hand how people regarded                                 employees from July 1, 2010, dairy employers are
   Cheeseworld’s Marketing and Promotions Co-                                                               our Sungold/WCB products,’ ’ a contented Kim                                    reminded to ensure pay rates comply with changes
ordinator, Kim Kavanagh, rated the promotion a                                                              explained.                                                                      to the Pastoral Award.
great success for the dairy industry, Cheeseworld                                                              She said it was surprising that many people                                     Dr Pauline Brightling, who manages the People
and WCB suppliers.                                                                                          were unaware that the Sungold milk range                                        in Dairy Program for Dairy Australia, said the
   Kim explained how Cheeseworld staff                                                                      was processed at the Allansford site, and                                       two main changes are increases in the minimum
attended all eight days promoting Sungold fresh                                                             considering the majority expressed a fondness                                   wage for each classification and the phasing in of
and flavored milks and is convinced that the                                                                for the product, it made talking up our products                                traditional provisions.
positive feedback suggests our support for the                                                              extremely worthwhile.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Explaining how from July 1, the minimum
festival was right on target.                                                                                  ``Hopefully, the information we passed on
                                                                                                                                                                                            wage for each classification in the Pastoral Award
   It wasn’t just a matter of providing the                                                                 about our plant, the cheese cellar and museum,
                                                                                                                                                                                            increases by $26 per week, Dr Brightling said that if
youngsters with milk and cheese samples, as                                                                 will attract many of those who have not visited
                                                                                                                                                                                            employers are already paying more than $26 above
Dairy Australia also supported the promotion                                                                the factory, particularly as they appeared to
                                                                                                                                                                                            the award rate for the particular classification, there
by providing WCB with lots of educational                                                                   enjoy sampling the cheese and milk products.’ ’
                                                                                                                                                                                            is no need to pay the increase.
handouts which staff members were happy to                                                                     Kim and her fellow staff members had time
hand out.                                                                                                   to `really promote’ Cheeseworld and all were                                       In addition, transitional provisions begin to apply
                                                                                                                                                                                            for the phasing in of pay rates, loadings and penalty
                                                                                                                                                                                            rates.
                                                                                                                                                                                               ``The transitional provisions in the award provide
                                                                                                                                                                                            for the phasing in of increases over five years
                                                                                                                                                                                            until 2014 at a rate of 20 per cent per year,’’ Dr
                                                                                                                                                                                            Brightling said.
                                                                                                                                                                                              ``Transitional pay rates vary depending on the
                                                                                                                                                                                            dairy business structure, the state in which the
                                                                                                                                                                                            business is located and previous award coverage. A
                                                                                                                                                                                            simple way to work out which rates apply to your
                                                                                                                                                                                            employees is to visit The People in Dairy website
Say cheese: The Fun 4 Kids Festival in Warrnambool certainly kept Cheeseworld’s Marketing and Promotions Co-ordinator
                                                                                                                                                                                            and `click on the changes to pay rates 1 July, 2010’
Kim Kavanagh and her assistant Shaye Lowther busy for eight days promoting our company.                                                                                                     on the home page.’’

  all regionS
  BulK milK cell countS top 25                                                                                                                                      Fencing under Fire
 The top 25 is determined by using suppliers’ average BMCC each month. These                                                                                     FARMERS in the south-west of the State are being urged to take responsibility
 figures are published in each edition to recognise the efforts of the suppliers in
 containing cell counts at the lowest possible levels and to encourage others to strive                                                                          for the repair or replacement of inadequate fencing on their properties
 for excellence.                                                                                                                                                 following an increase in the number of accidents with vehicles as a result of
                                                                                                                                                                 livestock wandering on roads.
  june 2010
  1. John Madden................................................................................................................................41,000             At a recent meeting of the locally based Stock on Roads Focus Group,
  2. G.J. & S.J. Slade.............. ...............................................................................................................53,000       representatives from Councils, Police and VicRoads spoke of ongoing
  3. Rachel Morey................... ............................................................................................................64,000          accidents, despite increased fines, media coverage and other strategies
  4. R.J., M.I. & H.R. Grieve..............................................................................................................64,000
  5. Stephen Everett..........................................................................................................................65,000             implemented during the group’s five year campaign.
  6. Jenny Hand....................................................................................................................................69,000
  7. Colin & Ian Heatley...................................................................................................................72,000
                                                                                                                                                                    A group spokesperson claimed that road accidents in the district are
  8. Steve Gleeson.................. ...........................................................................................................78,000           increasing as a direct consequence of inadequate fencing allowing stock to
  9. D. & C. Moloney................ .........................................................................................................79,000             wander.
 10. Michael & Wendy Glennen.................................................................................................83,000
 11. ALNOR; L. & L. Greenwood..............................................................................................84,000                                  On a recent weekend, three separate road accidents were caused
 12. Neil & Sue Finch .......................................................................................................................85,000              by dark colored cattle wandering the roads on dark nights, resulting in a
 13. Graham & Jill Crothers .........................................................................................................86,000
 14. Ron & Keiran Campbell .......................................................................................................88,000                         Warrnambool taxi being written off, a passenger vehicle badly damaged and
 15. J. Gall (Mick Ryan) ....................................................................................................................91,000              a B-Double milk tanker undamaged when the vehicles collided with cows on
 16. Danny & Bronwyn Clark .....................................................................................................91,000
 17. Noel, Gayle & Jason Burleigh ............................................................................................91,000                             the road. Fortunately, there were no human fatalities.
 18. Trevor Clapp ...............................................................................................................................93,000            In the municipalities of Warrnambool, Moyne and Corangamite, there
 19. Fred & Marie Clark .................................................................................................................94,000
 20. Moyston Gerbert.....................................................................................................................94,000                  have been 140 call outs so far this year regarding stock on roads. with 10
 21. Francis Creed & Judy Russell .............................................................................................95,000                            potential fatal car accidents. The breeds of stock include horse, beef cattle
 22. Peter Gleeson ............................................................................................................................95,000            and sheep, but dairy cattle still remain the biggest problem.
 23. Lyn Logan .....................................................................................................................................95,000
 24. QINN Farm (Todd Hiberson)..........................................................................................96,000                                     The Focus Group, while stressing the need for farmers to repair or replace
 25. Russell & Mary Hussey .........................................................................................................96,000
 Average BMCC for the month of june was 209,000                                                                                                                  inadequate fencing, is also urging community members to report incidents of
                                                                                                                                                                 stock on roads to their local councils.

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         underpass decision a winner
LONG-TIME dairy farmers, Adrian and Ruth                       Adrian’s parents, George and Elizabeth,               contractor Greg Kerr in late 2008 they were
Hoffmann and their son Matthew, have been                 eventually took over the dairy before he and               convinced installing one was the way to go and
milking Jersey cows on their Timboon, property            wife Ruth then became the proud owners.These               came up with a design that would best suit their
most of their lives and have only recently realised       days, with loads of assistance from son Matthew,           site.
how much easier life could have been had they             the family has increased milking numbers from                 Explaining how it was a number of safety
elected to put in an underpass when it first came         220 to 420 since Matthew came home.                        factors that encouraged them to press the
under discussion in 1975.                                    The issue of getting the cows safely across the         green light, Matthew said health and safety issues
  Having property on both sides of the road,              road was always going to cause headaches and               topped the bill.
particularly on a tourist route, was always going         it was something the Hoffman family had been               * Work safety for self and staff
to be a problem, but somehow they managed to              wrestling with.                                            * faster traffic and increase in car numbers
operate without too many problems for many,                  Mind you the family did its best to cover all           * easier access to the other side of road
many years.                                               the bases by applying for, and receiving, a crossing       * cattle movement without having to be on site
  Taking up the story, Adrian tells how his               permit, supported by `cow crossing’ road signs,               ``Sure there was a bit of extra work involved
grandparents bought the property in 1929                  flashing lights and trying to cross around the             like dropping phone lines and rearranging the
and with five young children to support, armed            same times each day to establish a pattern.                power, but it proved to be one of the best
himself with an axe and set about clearing the               But, Adrian and Matthew finally decided that it         decisions we ever made from a time and safety
bush to provide suitable grazing areas for his            was time to have a closer look and after engaging          angle,’ ’ Matthew added.
cows.                                                     in extensive consultations with Colac-based                   With the overpass situated in close proximity
                                                                                                                     to the dairy shed, the contractor decided to
                                                                                                                     run wash lines out to the ramps ensuring that
                                                                                                                     everything was kept clean, tidy and virtually slip
                                                                                                                     free.
                                                                                                                        Both Adrian and Matthew were satisfied
                                                                                                                     with the job Colac Cement Products did on
                                                                                                                     the installation of their underpass and have no
                                                                                                                     problems recommending the firm to interested
                                                                                                                     farmers.

                                                                                                                     on the ball

                                                                                                                        ``Once we had decided on the placement
                                                                                                                     and model, Colac Cement Products’ Greg Kerr,
                                                                                                                     wasted no time getting his team down here and
                                                                                                                     getting the job finalised,’ ’ Matthew said.
                                                                                                                        It was a similar story from Greg, who has been
                                                                                                                     involved in pre-cast concrete for more than 30
                                                                                                                     years while specialising in underpasses for the
                                                                                                                     past 15 years.
                                                                                                                        ``We are a legitimate one-stop shop and
Happy camper: Matthew Hoffmann stands beside the underpass he now concedes should have been built many years
                                                                                                                     organise everything,’ ’ Greg claimed. ``We
earlier to remove the stress and danger of crossing cattle on our roads.                                             meet with the local shires, taking care of all
                                                                                                                     the paperwork and considering we have built


  incalf? and that’s no bull!
                                                                                                                     underpasses all over Victoria, we know exactly
                                                                                                                     what farmers require.’ ’
                                                                                                                        The good news for farmers is that government
                                                                                                                     grants are still available (overseen by the VFF)
THERE is no doubt many dairy farmers ask                  if the not-in-calf rate at the end of the joining period   and considering the costs can be comfortably
themselves the question after joining time each           is more than 18 per cent,’’ Dr Penry explained.            recouped within 3 - 5 years they make plenty of
year, ``if their bulls are up to the job’’?                   InCalf triggers are also available for herds with a    appeal.
   With this in mind, dairy farmers are being urged to    longer joining period. However, if your herd’s not-in-        There is plenty to like about the bottom
review how well their bull mating program went last       calf rate is above the InCalf trigger, review your bull    line which has farmers dealing only with the
season, while there is time to make improvements          management practices, in particular:                       concretors who do the entire job.
for the coming joining period if needed.                      1. Bull power: allow a team of three bulls for
   Dairy Australia’s InCalf project spokesman, Dr         every 100 cows in the herd at mating start date (or
John Penry, said a quick, easy check, is to have a        4 bulls /100 cows if using a synchrony program).
look at last season’s not-in-calf rate after the bulls        2. Have the bulls on the farm by mating start
are removed.                                              date.
   According to Dr Penry, this check provides a figure        3. Split bulls into at least two teams, so they can
most dairy farmers calculate and remember. He             be rotated weekly and given a rest from the herd.
maintains that along with revealing the number of             4. Always run a minimum of two bulls with a
empties, it will also provide some clues as to how        small mob.
well the bull joining program went.                           5. Group bulls of similar size, age and
   InCalf has developed a trigger not-in-calf rate        temperament to avoid fighting.
aimed at helping dairy farmers decide if their bull           6. Use bulls aged between 15 months and four
program is letting them down.                             years.
   ``For seasonal or split calving herds with a typical       7. Vaccinate, especially for Vibrio.                   roomy: Matthew Hoffmann and his father Adrian are
12-week joining program (AI, plus bulls) take action                                                                 delighted with the finished product.

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                                                                                                                                Supplier
                                                                                                                              THE recent supplier meetings staged at Currency
                                                                                                                              Creek, Mt Gambier, Port Campbell, Warrnambool,
                                                                                                                              Terang and Ballarat, while slightly down on numbers,
                                                                                                                              still attracted healthy crowds.
                                                                                                                                 Suppliers were treated to interesting updates from
                                                                                                                              Chairman Frank Davis, CEO David Lord, Deputy
                                                                                                                              Chairman Terry Richardson, Marketing Manager John
                                                                                                                              Williams and Milk Supply General Manager Anthony
                                                                                                                              Cook, who between them covered most of the areas
                                                                                                                              of concerns to suppliers.
                                                                                                                                 Commencing the round at Currency Creek on
                                                                                                                              Monday, August 2, Board Chairman Frank Davis said
                                                                                                                              he was delighted to have two pleasurable duties
                                                                                                                              during the week of meetings - to thank John McLean
enjoyable lunch: Cooriemungle supplier Darin Blain, Brucknell supplier Phillip Wallace and his brother Richard Wallace, the   for his wonderful service for more than 50 years, and
General Manager of Operations at Warrnambool Cheese and Butter, voted the Port Campbell promotion a winner.                   particularly for coming back in our time of need, from
                                                                                                                              May 2009 to June 2010, and to welcome David Lord
                                                                                                                              aboard as our new CEO/Managing Director.
                                                                                                                                 Frank was full of praise for John, whom he rates an
                                                                                                                              absolute doyen of the dairying industry, adding that
                                                                                                                              his efforts in the company’s time of need, will not be
                                                                                                                              easily forgotten.
                                                                                                                                 ``We are delighted that he (John) is staying on as an
                                                                                                                              Associate Director and have no doubt his presence
                                                                                                                              will be extremely valuable for David,’ ’ he said.
                                                                                                                                 And Frank was not short of praise for his newly
                                                                                                                              appointed CEO who he said joins the company with
                                                                                                                              exemplary credentials.
                                                                                                                                 David spent 14 years with Parmalat, including the
                                                                                                                              last seven as Managing Director, and boasts invaluable
                                                                                                                              experience in the areas of dairy sales and marketing,
                                                                                                                              which WCB is keen to generate.
                                                                                                                                 During question and answer sessions at the venues,
                                                                                                                              David said that while there is still lots of work ahead,
                                                                                                                              there are also numerous promising growth areas with
                                                                                                                              a mix of products being one of the key cornerstones
Smiles galore: Like most guests, Panmure couple Pep and        Winners: BMCC Premium Awards winners Eric Bloomfield
Simon Rea had a great night at the Warrnambool meeting.        (Kyneton) and Graeme Ford (Blowhard) appeared happy
                                                                                                                              including:
                                                               with their efforts.




Family snap: Penola couple Angela and Ivan Lewis, their children Alivia, 4, and Jesse, 2, turned on the smiles for our        coffee time: Having a chat during the last of the Supplier Meetings
cameraman at the Mt Gambier venue. The youngsters’ must have liked the meal as they were extremely well behaved.              Assistant, Kristyn Edwards, both admitted the upcoming weekend was m


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r treatS
        * big opportunity for Sungold to grow
        * big opportunity for specialty cheese
        * building up a brand presence is another way of
     growth (eg. the Mil-Lel factory)
        * and WCB’s aim is to create integrity, transparency,
     and value in our supplier relationships.
        Terry Richardson said the Board has been working
     to recover some of the ground it lost during the past
     16 months.
        ``Fortunately WCB now has a sound footing and
     it is obvious our next task is to renew the trust that
     existed between the company and suppliers,’ ’ he said.
        Listing examples like restructuring the supplier
     committee; more field staff involvement; a supplier
     advisory forum; ensuring an open payment system                            Solid markers: Yendon supplier Daniel Ryan, David Lee (Bungaree), Anthony Cook, General Manager Milk Supply, and Maree
                                                                                Lee all rated the company, the luncheon and the information gained as 9 out of 10 material.
     and not compromise and being able to deliver a
     strong and competitive milk price.
        Look out for a special feature on what has been
     happening with Terry and the newly formed suppliers’
     group in the next newsletter edition.
        John Williams commenced his annual address with
     the volatility theme and how it has virtually got out of
     control.
        Explaining how eight or 10 years ago, volatile prices
     for product was the tag with the rise of around $50 a
     tonne. But now, says John, volatile market prices have
     exploded by $1000 or even $2000 a tonne.
        ``There is now lots of competition with new
     players making their mark on the world-wide scene,
     and not surprisingly, New Zealand is right in the mix,’ ’
     he said.
        John went on to say that the key driver from a
     demand viewpoint is China wanting loads of whole
     milk powder and with the Kiwis expecting an increase
     in product of somewhere between 7% and 14% it
     is New Zealand making the biggest impact going                             all in the family: We could not resist the temptation to get a shot of the Burleigh clan Gail, Noel, future daughter-in-law Abby
                                                                                Clark, and son Jason, at the BMCC Premium Awards 2009, Honor Board at Warrnambool on which they featured. Incidentally,
     forward.                                                                   Jason and Abby, who marry on January 29, hope to go one better in the next count.




 at Ballarat, on Friday, August 6, CEO David Lord and Corporate Personal        room with a view: As you can see from the above photograph there was a healthy sized crowd making the most of the
making lots of appeal after attending six meetings in the previous five days.   view from the Port Campbell Surf Club.


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  progeny test bulls
  make strong appeal
USING semen from progeny test (PT) bulls at heavily
discounted prices is an area that doesn’t attract
enough attention from dairy farmers, according to a
dairy herd improvement specialist.
   Michelle Axford, from Australian Dairy Herd
Improvement Scheme (ADHIS), is convinced that
farmers should be paying more attention to progeny
test straws from highly selected young bulls with the
potential to develop into the next generation of top
sires.
  But because these young bulls have no daughters
milking, there is limited information about the
performance of their offspring under Australian
conditions.
   Michelle said the aim of progeny test programs is to
gather sufficient information from enough daughters
of each bull to get a reliable measure of genetic merit.
discounted prices
   With the artificial breeding companies needing
information from the farmers using the progeny
test bulls, the straws from these bulls are sold at
discounted prices.
   There is a requirement for herds needing to be
herd recorded to become eligible for progeny test
straws. The herd recording data from the daughters of
progeny test bulls is used by ADIHS to calculate their
Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) for traits such as
production, type, calving ease, fertility, cell count and
survival (longevity).
  ``With all dairy breeding programs we recommend           Winning combination: Cudgee supplier John Meade is convinced he is on the right track combining milking duties
using a team of several bulls over the herd in any          with preparing trotters for racing. And the horse he is pictured with, Fiery Salute, won successive races around the time the
season. The same applies if progeny test bulls are          photograph was taken.
used,’’ Michelle said.
   Dairy farmers regularly using progeny test bulls
often choose a combination of progeny test and
proven bulls, randomly selecting at least five progeny
                                                                 joHn’S Hot to trot
test bulls to cover between 25 and 40 per cent of           WHILE the Meade family of Cudgee has only                           In between his dairying commitments, John has
semen requirements.                                         been with WCB a short time, it’s a safe bet to                   been able to participate in his beloved sport of
                                                            say that if we were on the lookout for loyal,                    trotting where he has enjoyed a deal of success
   Michelle said that from an industry perspective, the     dedicated dairy farmers, John and Mary Meade                     in recent years, breeding, training and driving
progeny test system is there to provide the path for
                                                            would have been among our top selections.                        trotters in partnership with his father-in-law, Len
the next generation of proven bulls. And she was quick
                                                               The hard toiling, long-time Murray Goulburn                   Fahey, of Camperdown.
to add there would be no proven bulls without those
                                                            suppliers, decided to join WCB, but John was                        Len, now 80, was still training an odd trotter
dairy farmers who use progeny test bulls.
                                                            quick to explain how the decision to move camp                   or two until hanging up the reins last year, but
Slow process                                                resulted from a principle and not because of the                 he still retains an interest with John and greatly
   Young bulls start off in the progeny test system         almighty dollar.                                                 enjoyed winning two in succession with handy
and while traits like calving ease can be collected            A third generation farmer, John has been                      trotter Fiery Salute last month.
after calves are born, it takes several years for their     milking continuously for 40 years on the family                     Milking 190 cows and training a couple of
daughters to enter milking herds before further             farm since happily leaving school as a 15-year-old.              trotters tends to ensure there is not much spare
information can be collected concerning their                  His grandparents settled the property some                    time, but John isn’t complaining. In fact, he enjoys
performance.                                                80 years ago. His parents, Bill and Ada, then took               milking cows and said his horse involvement
                                                            over before John became the third generation of                  goes back to his younger days when his father
   Usually bulls produce many more daughters and
                                                            the Meade family to forge a living from milking                  was training a pacer.
this group of the top 1% or 2% of progeny test bulls
                                                            cows on the picturesque property near the                           He admits that racing horses would be a
has a major impact on the population, which helps
increase the rate of genetic gain.                          Hopkins Point Falls.                                             lot more difficult if not for the efforts of wife
                                                              John and Mary’s four children, Stephen, 23,                    Mary, who is always on hand to milk cows when
  The remaining progeny test bulls are culled as they       Patrick, 21, Bernadette, 18 and Angela, 15, all                  awkward timetables get in the way.
do not meet the high standards needed to graduate           enjoy living on-farm.                                               But in the meantime he is still breeding and
as a proven bull.                                              He said that despite all knowing their way                    training in the hope that he can crack it for a
   ADHIS is an initiative of Australian Dairy Farmers’      around the farm and being handy fill-in milkers,                 classy trotter capable of matching strides with
with most of its funding coming from Dairy Australia        none has any long-term plans that includes                       the best of them.
through the Dairy Services levy.                            dairying.

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       a genuine WildliFe parK
AS if the trials and tribulations one encounters        tough going                                                      Russell took on a mechanic’s apprenticeship
from working an extremely wet farm are not                                                                             with Timboon Motors, but after discovering he
enough to cause one to miss a few good sleeps,             Explaining how the old shed housed an eight                 couldn’t stand being indoors during the summer,
then throw in the added problem of how to deal          aside swingover, Graeme said it wasn’t so bad at               pulled the pin spending the next three years
with sharing parts of your farm with a mob of           the start as they were only milking 110, but as                with David and Jenny McGlade as a farm hand
hungry kangaroos!                                       cow numbers increased it was obvious a new                     doing contract work. He has been home since
   While it may sound like something like story         dairy was required.                                            February 09 and is enjoying every minute of it.
in a child’s book, unfortunately this is exactly           As cow numbers reached 280, the family found                  Graeme says the operation is a family
what faces suppliers Graeme and Diane Bellis on         themselves spending as long as eight hours a day               concern with Diane and Russell’s partner Jess
a daily basis.                                          in the shed. They managed to increase the dairy                only too willing to help out when required. He
   One would imagine that for this to happen            to a nine aside double up, which made life a little            rates extending rotations as one of the major
the dairy would have to be in outback NSW               easier, but the plan was there to build the new                concerns and has had the Drain Tech crew from
or Qld where animals are forced to compete              complex as soon as finances allowed.                           Timboon, helping out.
for a green pick. But such is not the case with            In the early part of 2008, Graeme decided                     ``Split calving helps a great deal and while
the Bellis family, who milk around 280 Holstein         the time was right for the new dairy and come                  we used to put our nitrogen out in one hit we
Friesians on their Scotts Creek property. And           August the family boasted a new 20 aside                       decided to use a small 3-point 500kg hopper,
for those unaware of the area, Scotts Creek is          double-up complete with stall gates and cup                    spreading it at 100kg to the hectare.
extremely fertile farming land nestled between          removers.                                                        ``We are virtually following the cows and by
the productive centres of Timboon and Cobden.              Needless to say the new facilities made life so             having a bit more grass in the paddocks the cows
                                                        much easier for both the milking team and the                  will sit down as opposed to wandering about
dubious reputation                                      cows. The two eldest boys, Russell and Matthew,                everywhere and damaging the pasture,’ ’ Graeme
                                                        are home on the farm, and really appreciate the                explained.
   The district has the dubious reputation as           new facilities.                                                  The family also rears its calves on a 60 acre run-
one of the south-west’s `wettest’ dairying areas           Matthew began a traineeship with WestVic in                 off block on some higher ground approximately
and with its excess of quality pastures, Graeme         2007 and completed his Certificate 2 and 3 at                  four kilometres away, which has been a great
estimates he is feeding almost as many kangaroos        DemoDairy. He is now looking to completing a                   help.
as the cows.                                            Diploma in Agriculture course.
   ``Incredibly, they (kangaroos) always appear to
be a paddock ahead of the cows,’ ’ he said.
   Graeme, wife Diane, sons Russell, 21, Matthew,
20, Bradley, 15 and daughter Charlotte, 15, admit
it took some getting used to sharing the farm
with the kangaroos, and while all agree it’s a pain
in the butt, they say it is just a case of getting on
with the job.
   The family sharefarmed and relief milked
around the district for a number of years before
an uncle of Diane’s bought the 420-acre farm
they now own some 10 years ago and leased it
to them.
   ``We leased the farm for six years before
buying it and spent the past four years in
improving the property to accommodate extra
cows and make life that bit easier for those
having to milk,’ ’ Graeme said.                         in the family: A brand new 20-aside double-up dairy built two years ago at Scotts Creek has certainly made life much easier
                                                        for the Bellis boys, Russell, Matthew, Bradley and father, Graeme.



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