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South Australia: Brett Gilbertson (08) 8724 7661 0407 106 080 VOLUME 17, No. 1 February 2008
Development venture looking gooD i n v e n t i o n s u nDe r s p otlight
CONSTRUCTION work on the $60 million Great Ocean
Ingredients joint development venture between WCB
Hard to believe that in less than two weeks the ``Over the years we have tried a number of With a first prize of $500 on offer for the
and Dutch company Friesland Foods DOMO, is right on
schedule with much of the building's framework now annual Sungold Field Days will be up and running headline acts and some have been more popular top invention and the same amount for the top
in place. for the 27th successive year. And once again than others, but hopefully there will be sufficient innovation, it's to be hoped the judges get a large
Plant Manager David Oppenheim reports that Field Days chairman Tony Rea and his energetic variety among the new inventions to really number of entries to make it difficult to find a
everything is going to plan and providing the weather committee have put together a package capture the imagination,'' Tony suggested. winner.
remains kind, the completion dates should be achieved. guaranteed to cater for all agricultural tastes. But irrespective of the quality of inventions,
The actual building is set for completion by May 2008. Commencing on Wednesday, February 20, there are numerous attractions outside the very
Despite all contracts having been let on the plant, the three-day agri-fest is confidently expected to latest in farming machinery and dairy equipment.
David said plans for the utilities (boilers etc) have not
attract record crowds, mainly as a result of the The AI companies will be out in force
yet been finalised, suggesting they too are not far from of the two smaller blocks.
dairy industry being in better shape than it was at highlighting their bulls and visitors are urged to
being let. His late father was a long-time chairman
As was explained in the last edition, if everything this same time last year. attend the Animal Nursery, rated as one of the
of the Warrnambool Co-op during better
goes to plan, installation of plant and equipment will The field days committee has again opted to most popular sites in recent years. Put together
days and would be extremely disappointed
be completed by August 2008. Commissioning will delete Saturday from its schedule following the by Emmanuel College teacher Phil Mahony with
if he was about to see the demise of such a
take place from September through December and positive response last year from exhibitors and assistance from many of his agriculturally-minded
production should get underway in January 2009.
farmers. students, the nursery features the young of
Frank was a keen dairyman and was a
While coming up with new headline grabbers almost every farm animal you could name (and
Time frames keen Jersey breeder with his well-known
each year provides more than a few headaches then some). Such was the effort by the students
`Somerset Downs' jerseys having a strong
Keen team: Members of the team behind the Great Ocean Road Ingredients joint development venture got together for administrators, Tony confidently predicts a Regular: Anthony McVilly, Landpower Colac, would last year they were rewarded with a win in the
Having to adhere to time frames also has advantages reputation throughout the Western Districts.
for informal chat over lunch at Cheese World recently. Pictured (l to r): Herman Krab, Jason Kelly, Daniel Wilkinson, Geoff
as David has organised for five of his team to head new `Inventions and Innovations' segment will be be a front runner for one of the best known faces at `On The Land' best site award.
Nuske, Steve Carr, Michael Lukeis, David Oppenhiem and Steve Martin. Unfortunately supervisor Noel Graham was the Sungold Field Days. And he is back again this year.
overseas for special individual training. ``All being well unavailable for the photograph, while leading hand Peter Blain (who was sitting at the front left) was accidentally cut-off a big hit. • Continued Page 4
For more on the evening turn to Page 4.
we expect to install plant and equipment by July/August by a second-string photographer.
2008, commission the plant from September through
December and begin production by January 2009,'' a
confident David predicted.
The new plant will produce a product called Galacto
Sungold'S Setting a Sizzling pace
Oligo Saccharides, better known as (GOS), which is an
important ingredient used in the manufacture of infant MUST congratulate National Retail Dairy Working on the theory that borders are made FM (flavored milk) and posting it to SUNGOLD
formulas around the world. Manager Bill Slater on the success he and his to be crossed, Bill and his team are leaving no FM. Entries close March 15, 2008.
Despite concerns about construction deadlines team are experiencing with the promotion of stone unturned when it comes to SUNGOLD The first seven complete and correct entries
and the like, there is an air of excitement among the SUNGOLD fresh and flavored milks. promotion. Our milk is now on sale in the to be opened will win a fabulous handcrafted
entire joint venture team which is not really surprising Gippsland region following the addition of a local surfboard.
considering that five of them will be heading to Holland
distributor, trading under Yarram Dairy.
in about four months time.
The four leading hands, Peter Blain, Michael Lukeis,
But the best news of all comes from
Geoff Nuske, Steve Martin and supervisor Noel Graham metropolitan Melbourne where Aussie Farmers
will be heading to Holland in June 2008 for an in-depth Direct, a successful and expanding home delivery
BY the time you read this magazine, you
training assignment. service, is going gangbusters.
will already have received notice of a third
``We are placing a lot of emphasis on training to ``After a slow beginning, Aussie Farmers Direct
retrospective milk price increase for the 2007/08
enable us to reduce the actual commissioning time,'' is now our largest Customer,'' an ecstatic Bill
David explained. season for continuing suppliers.
Slater revealed. SUNGOLD has also expanded
He said that sending the group over to Holland for The 45 cents/kg protein and 18 cents/kg
On target: The size of the main building is clearly evident in this photograph of the framework taken two weeks ago. into northern NSW and Brisbane thanks to the
two-weeks of ``hands on'' experience will greatly speed butterfat, applying to milk supplied from July 1,
Construction slowed down somewhat during the January holiday period, but there will be renewed activity within the next Aussie Farmers Direct franchise.
up the commissioning process at this end. few weeks. 2007, is a continuation of the commitment from
Bill maintains the secret to success is having a
the company to maximise supplier cash flows.
quality product, supported by a dedicated sales
In a letter to suppliers announcing details of
team prepared to make every post a winner.
the price increase, CEO Neil Kearney explained
With our FM (flavored milk) varieties making
how there had been a softening of world prices
a huge splash with the younger brigade, Bill has
which the company would closely monitor.
turned his sights on the surfing and beach loving
For more detail on the international scene,
Proudly working together to bring you community with an impressive win a `SUNGOLD
Handcrafted Darcy Surfboard' competition.
readers are advised to read the `Marketing
Matters' column on Page 4, where WCB
Fresh, Locally Produced Milk. With a retail value of $795, the handcrafted
boards can be won simply by removing the
Marketing Manager John Williams provides a
more detailed account of the current export
Reward: Bill Slater with one of the seven magnificent barcode from any carton or bottle of SUNGOLD
handcrafted Darcy surfboards some lucky SUNGOLD situation, with emphasis on milk production in the
flavored milk drinkers are going to win. United States.
Old milkers stand test of time
Packo Milk Vat12,000 litre unit. Second hand, in
good condition. In Meningie, South Australia. Asking FOR the past 14 years Ian Sims and his son In his mentoring all-rounder role, Ian is keen According to Bill, Chris Malamidis is wasting
between $20,000 and $25,000. Grant had been turning out quality cheese at to introduce multi skilling to each employee as no time getting the Warrnambool range, both
Phone Mark 0407 710 518. the family's Mt Gambier factory. he says that's how it has to be these days. plain and wax covered, into areas all around
However, hamstrung by labor intensive With 20kg blocks of mature and vintage the state.
SHAREFARM OPPORTUNITY methods, they were finding it tough servicing cheese transported across to Mil-Lel and ``He (Chris) is going great with IGA stores as
Sharefarmer with 180 cows required April 30, 2008, customer demand, eventually selling out to heading back in smaller packs ideal for the retail well as the deli and market scene, particularly
on 50/50 basis. Western region. Details by phoning WCB. That was almost two years ago, and the trade, there is a element of double handling. But at Prahran, South Melbourne and the
0427 951 102 or 5593 3440. pair, along with a female employee, moved into with the cheese having to be cut, re-blended, Vic Markets,'' he claimed.
the old Mil-Lel factory to oversee the business waxed and repacked, there are not a lot of
FOR SALE onto the next stage. options.
Round barley straw bales (approx 290 bales) Good
Ian planned to spend a couple of years in the Grant feels the jig saw is beginning to fall into
length straw from conventional header. $120 tonne
Time out: Taking a break from lunch at Cheese World recently were (l to r): Sam James, Coline McLeod, Maddie James, transition period in a mainly mentoring role place and is hopeful that the remaining bugs
(plus GST). Also 400 rolls quality wheaten hay Abby James and baby Charlie, Sean James, Michael Paull and Tom James. while Grant is production supervisor. But some can be ironed out ASAP.
(complete with feed test). $200 tonne (plus GST
Phone Chris 5599 5255 or 0427 554 173.
early plans had to be put on hold as there was ``Every new machine is on the cutting edge
HEIFER AGISTMENT Nice to be appreciated plenty to be done before production levels
could meet the targets required by WCB.
of new technology and once the company
decided to invest the money everything had to
Available in the Kennedy's Creek region. Short term Tradesmen moved into the plant and during be done right,'' Grant added.
and long term available . Rates negotiable.Please call PLEASING to see owners and share farmers Sean and Abby have turned their farm around the last 12 months have established a number Bill Slater, National Retail Dairy Manager, says
field officer Rachel James (03) 5560 2277 or 0429 enjoying solid relationships and we recently since taking over in May 2004, they insisted of cool rooms and an automated cutting, members of his sales team are making plenty
047 111. managed to catch up with Garvoc sharefarmers on publicly thanking their hard working share packaging and labelling system that is expected of inroads into sales of the vintage, mature and
On the job: Aaron Nunan has the new packaging
Sean and Abby James doing just that with their operators. to overcome any production worries in the not flavored varieties. system under control.
ATTENTION FARMERS Melbourne-based owners, Coline McLeod and ``(Sean)...has put in a huge amount of work too distant future.
Are you in need of time off, but have no one to help Michael Paull. and long hours in reorganising the property,''
out? Would you like to see your children playing Along with the four James children, the group said a grateful Michael, who also made mention On the increase
sport or would like a holiday with the family? Or do was enjoying an extended lunch at Cheese of the valuable support Sean, Abby and the
you need extra help to get the odd jobs done that World when our photographer caught up with children receive from their respective families. Staff numbers have doubled to six in the last
just keep getting put aside? Answering yes to any them. Milking around 270 mainly friesians on 600 12 months and as the new system is perfected
of the above indicates you should call Steven and While the original idea was simply to acres, ensures that there is plenty to keep more staff will be added.
Neisha to make a booking. (ABN registered). Phone
photograph the extended family group and Sean busy and he admits the family is looking Ian grew his business under the Cheese Master
5594 3261 or 0427 381 600.
feature it in this current magazine, Michael towards a two-week holiday to Mildura and Specialty Cheeses label, but the move has now
and Coline are so delighted with the way Cairns later this month. been to introduce a revamped Warrnambool
An excellent opportunity exists for a highly motivated label.
sharefarming couple with own herd for a highly
productive irrigation dairyfarm. Features:
Grain prices still on hiGh side Ian who established the thriving flavored
cheese and waxed premium mature and
- 40 stand rotary
For the week ending January 24, wheat vintage lines said that while the new system
LITTLE joy for suppliers at the moment as far as
- centre pivot irrigation system
increased an average of $15 a tonne, taking it will lift output to new levels, there are still a
grain prices are concerned with prices throughout
- 3 bedroom brick veneer home number of bugs to be ironed out.
Western Victoria and the south-east of South to $15 to $425. Barley also increased between
- close to Warrnambool ``The labeller is giving us a lot of grief at the
- schools nearby Australia firm to rising. $5 and $10 a tonne to sell between $380/$390,
with oats remaining steady between $300 and moment, but we have been assured this will be
Contact Barry & Andrea Smith Thanks to an initiative from Dairy Australia, the
$320. ironed out,'' Ian said.
Fax CV & references: 03 5566 3213 availability of a special weekly Grain and Hay
Hay markets are traditionally quieter, with He is delighted with the improvements to
Telephone: 03 5566 3219 Report, enables dairyfarmers to keep a close eye
reduced demand from sheep and beef producers the old hand-dipping waxing methods used Just checking: Ray Lambert keeps a close eye on the process line where it comes into contact with the temperamental
on feed prices. labelling machine.
contributing to this slower market. for years and played a major role in taking the
waxing process to the next level.
ALL REGIONS BULK MILK CELL COUNT TOP 25 Estimations from contractors in the south-west
indicate production from this season's haymaking
is about 50 per cent above that of an average
The top 25 is determined by using suppliers' average 11. L.G. & L.C. Parsons ................................................ 74,000 year.
BMCC each month. These figures are published in 12. R.G. & C.A. Walder ................................................ 78,000 Buyers from northern Victoria and southern
each edition to recognise the efforts of the suppliers 13. F.L. & K. Ryan............................................................ 79,000 areas of NSW have been buying hay from the
in containing cell counts at the lowest possible levels 14. M.& S. Everett ......................................................... 81,000 western districts, made more attractive by the
and to encourage others to strive for excellence. 14. Bosgowan Proprieters ......................................... 81,000 freight subsidies on offer.
Pasture hay, priced between $150 and $180
16. S. Hookway & A. Bell ........................................... 82,000
DECEMBER 2007 a tonne is in plentiful supply, while quality cereal
16. D.N. & M.L. Welton............................................... 2,000
and lucerne stocks are in limited supply and
18. R.K.& H.J.Spokes .................................................... 83,000 holding firm.
1. T.A. Taylor ....................................................................... 9,000
19. R.H. Mason ............................................................... 86,000 Cereal hay is around the $200 to $230 mark,
2. R.J.& M.Hussey ......................................................... 40,000
19. C.W.& A.M. Smart.................................................. 86,000 while lucerne is still bringing between $250 and
2. M.J.Nolan ..................................................................... 40,000
21. Alta Vista Enterprises........................................... 88,000 $350, depending on quality.
4. R.J.& J.E.Knights ........................................................ 48,000 While these reports are a valuable aid for
22. T.D. J.A. & R.J. Rundle ............................................. 92,000
5. Arthur Peters .............................................................. 56,000 suppliers, Dairy Australia stresses that while the
22. Tauwitchere Pastoral Co...................................... 92,000
5. Hillend Partners ....................................................... 56,000
24. J.D.& M.P.Curran ..................................................... 93,000
information contained therein is collected and
7. R.M. & R. L.Tonkin.................................................. 64,000 disseminated with due care and attention to
25. F.R. & E.M. Clarke .................................................. 94,000
7. R.L. & L.E. Daff.......................................................... 64,000 its accuracy, Dairy Australia accepts no liability,
25. Springdam Partnership....................................... 94,000 if for any reason the information is inaccurate, With wine?: Cheese Master Specialty Cheeses Quality plus: With the quality of product and packaging so important, Grant Sims and Aaron Nunan leave nothing to
9. P.W.& M.L.Neal ........................................................ 70,000 founder Ian Sims displays a couple of 2kg waxed chance with a last-minute check.
incomplete or out of date. vintage blocks.
10. J.& N.Hutchison ...................................................... 71,000
UDV UPDATE Seeking greener paStureS
THE UDV is particularly proud of its recent
WHILE a little short of two years with WCB,
success with the assistance secured for on-farm
Mt Gambier-based Field Officer Kylie Williams
infrastructure upgrades for dairy farmers.
- (oops, that should read Matthewson after
We lobbied for and won assistance to ensure
her November 10 marriage to husband Sean)
dairy farm entrances were at a standard suitable
- managed to create a favorable impression
to withstand frequent visits from B-double milk
among both suppliers and work colleagues.
Kylie worked her last day on Friday, January 11,
Because of the success of this program,
and was on the end of some kind words from
the State Government, in its 2006 Provincial
Mil-Lel manager, Denis Healy before receiving
Victoria statement, agreed to support farm gate
some goodies, which included a `going away'
improvements on all agricultural and horticultural
properties, not just dairy.
Training: WCB staff take some time out for advanced nutrition training with Vincent Posada and Glen Chopping. At Mil-Lel the office girls, fully aware of Kylie’s
To complement this, the State Government has
sense of humor, had a cake iced with the
also recognised the need for local roads leading
following inscription ``Hooray she's leaving'
to the dairy farm gate to be able to withstand
truck traffic in the long term. Milk Plus Project Underway and it did exactly what it was planned to do....
cracked Kylie up.
So there are now a number of subsidies
NEWLY appointed extension officer David Adriana is convinced that David's agricultural After finishing with WCB on Friday, January
available for works at the dairy farm gate - but Ready to roll: It didn't take John Moloney long to slot
Hintum will be the main player in the sales background will be extremely beneficial, 11, Kylie began with Elders in Mt Gambier on back into a comfortable pose.
it is up to farmers to take them on while they're
innovative Milk Plus Project, a position that is particularly as he enjoys working with people. January 14 in an animal health, nutrition and
on the table.
sales role. Her husband Sean, an agronomist,
fully funded by the Gardiner Foundation. The project will take on about six demo farms
While Adriana Robaina is the project leader, which will receive advice from highly qualified also works for Elders at Millicent.
Gate access scheme WCB will continue to be represented in South
David will be running the project on a day- consultants along with free feedtests.
today basis for the three-year funding period. David and Adriana will be involved with an Australia by Field Officer, Brett Gilbertson who While the recent departure of factory field
The available subsidies are:
The project's main focus will be looking at expert panel comprising Ian Lean (from Global settled into the Mt Gambier office earlier this officer John Moloney may have come as a
* The Arterial Road Farm Gate Access Scheme
opportunities to lift milk production and milk Dairy Consulting), and also Vincent Posada, year, and has quickly formed a strong link with surprise to some people, the good news is he
aims to help improve rural property entrances Popular: Hope you can make out the inscription on
composition, in other words getting a balance Glen Chopping and others as required. Kylie's cake. In case you can't, it reads ``Hooray she's our Allansford base. is not far from WCB.
off arterial roads (generally signposted as A, B
between litres going up and maintaining Other field staff are involved too, providing leaving''.
or C roads). This scheme is designed to improve After time spent studying at Marcus Oldham
entrances to any agricultural, horticultural, dairy composition. an excellent practical training opportunity College to attain his Bachelor of Business
property, with an emphasis on improving road
safety. Eligible property owners can access a
``We will be looking at methods of best
balancing the cows’ diet, given we will be
collecting some pretty detailed information
to develop the expertise of our group even
Explaining how WCB was specially selected
New role has appeal degree in Agricultural Management, John's
ambition was to eventually end up on the
subsidy of the lesser of $2000 or 50 per cent of Field Services were pleased to welcome their Hamilton, Warrnambool and Port Fairy,'' farm, and with his family recently purchasing a
the cost of the works. about the compositionof the pastures and by the Gardiner Foundation for the project second dairy property, he admits making the
other feeds. However, every idea has to be because of its location, history of supply, and new Field Officer, David Hintum. David added.
Originally from Simpson where he grew On the subject of family, David and Deb have move wasn't all that difficult, particularly as he
* The Local Road Dairy Farm Gate Access profitable for the farmer,' 'says Adriana. and calibre of field staff to deliver, Adriana
up on the family dairy, David successfully a 15-month-old son, Archie, and a second will be supplying his milk to the factory.
Scheme aims to improve dairy property She went on to say that David will have plenty went on to say that we have to demonstrate
completed a Bachelor of Applied Service youngster on the way, suggesting that David's The new 425-acre property on the Ayrford
entrances off local roads to accommodate the on his plate surveying farmers, organising farm results, and whatever is learned will later be
degree at Dookie. He then spent four years cricket involvement might be on a reduced Road, at Ecklin South, comfortably handles
larger B-doubles.These are roads managed by walks and field days, monitoring feed regimes, passed on to the widerdairying community.
as an agronomist in Hamilton, almost three scale not too far down the track. 300 milkers in its 29-aside swingover (with
Local Government rather than VicRoads. Eligible taking feedtests and providing general She added that the first 12 months is likely
information and support to staff, consultants to be about gathering background information years with Landmark at Camperdown and A cricketing devotee who plays with Colac, cup removers). And with the cows being
property owners can access a subsidy of the most recently worked with animal health David is also Secretary of the Colac District purchased from the former owner meant there
lesser of $2000 or 50 per cent of the cost of the and farmers . and setting some plans, then finding our way
The feedtests will go further than the through what works and what doesn’t and company, Mearial, based in Colac. Cricket Association, which despite enjoying, was virtually no problems settling in.
works. ``Most of my career has been with sales readily admits it can be somewhat time
traditional analyses of just MJ and protein. With hopefully put everything together in the end ``The cow flow is excellent and it's an
a look at the forms of carbohydrates , mineral with some key findings. and I am really looking forward to this new consuming. impressive set-up all round,'' the contented
Available funding advisory role with the farming community,'' For more information on David's role with
content and other attributes, the project will Regular information will be provided through dairyman agreed.
provide a handy list of new information about the supplier newsletter, as well as David is David said. the Milk Plus Project, turn to Page 6, where ``Make no mistake, I enjoyed my three and
Suppliers are reminded that funding for the While he enjoyed his time in agricultural Field Services Manager Adriana Robaina has
above projects is available until April 30, 2008. local pastures and feeds. available for telephone enquiries. a half years with the company. It was a great
sales, David is pleased to have the opportunity extra detail on what part David plays with the learning curve that enabled me to meet many
If you are interested, VicRoads needs to know by
New area for Marcia
of working on a set project with definite goals. new program.
the end of March. Call 13 1171. other people with similar interests,'' he said.
He is also pleased to be in a role that will
Another scheme available to support farmers Explaining how he is convinced his time at the
involve talking to farmers about a wide range
planning capital works is the SOURS Scheme. factory left him with a more balanced approach,
Marcia Wright returned to a full time position of issues.
However, this in not about tasting lemons, but John says he learned there are many variables
in Field Services during January, with the change In addition to the MilkPlus role, David is also
building Stock Over and Underpasses to help involved in general field duties and contribution in dairying and there is no single `right way' of
your animals travel safely around local roads. This allowing her to take on the responsibility of getting the job done.
being the Field Officer for a group of suppliers to Field Services. He is responsible for
is also part of the State Government's Provincial company liaison and service to a small group ``Some people feed just 0.5 tonnes of grain
Victoria statement. SOURS is run by the VFF and stretching from Naringal to the Sisters. per cow/per year while others feed as much as
of suppliers in the Allansford/Naringal area.
has been a real success for farmers looking for David is attracted to being part of a major 2 tonnes and yet both can be successful. This
better and safer ways to move their stock around No stranger to our company and suppliers,
Australian dairy company and looks forward suggests to me it is more a case of getting the
the farm. the Field Services group looks forward to
to meeting suppliers at the upcoming Sungold basics right than following a recipe.''
A subsidy of $33,000 is available to support having her support on a regular basis.
Field Days as part of the WCB team. With the new dairy just 12 kilometres from
over and underpass construction. Like the dairy The only disadvantage with his new role is the home farm, there will be plenty of benefits
local roads project, this is another project that And January has proved to be a big month
for Marcia in more ways than one, with the that living in Colac there is the prospect of for John and his parents, Pat and Margaret, at
coming to the end of its funding. The VFF can help having to drive to work each day. But he says it harvest time and the like.
you take part in the SOURS scheme - simply by announcement of her engagement to local
dairyfarmer Tom Kenna. is something he will have to get used to as he In closing, John said he would like to thank
contacting 1300 882 833. and wife Deb are part way through building a the many suppliers he visited, and hopefully
new home in Colac. assisted. ``I was fortunate in having suppliers
Doug Chant, President Field Officer: Marcia Wright Challenge: Recently appointed extension officer
``But in the longer term we will probably David Hintum is looking forward to the challenges his in a number of milk areas and I made a lot of
United Dairyfarmers of Victoria move further west as Deb has family in new role should provide. friends as a result.''
Establishing prices for 2008 Group in focus
PLEASING to see the Ballarat Farm Focus
Farewell to trevor
LONG serving field officer Trevor Fulton has
FIRST up, a Happy New Year to you all and I hope with our product. group progressing well some six months after
Santa was generous to you. Well, the year has This is expected to create a headache for a its establishment, having already staged three
parted company with WCB after 20 years
started very slowly compared to the vibrant way little while, but in looking forward we are not successful sessions. on the job.
the markets went in 2007. It is now at the end of
January and I am beginning to think that all the
sure how long the headache will last. We assume
that production may start to flatten out when
Recent sessions were held at the Miners Rest
Fire Station and the Learmonth Bowls Club. Plans
From working with only one other field
officer (Bruce McLaren) and virtually
buyers out there are still in holiday mode. increasing input costs, especially feed costs, are already well underway for the group to visit the
They all appear to have shut up shop on the against a lower return from the product that is
working out of the back of the ute, Trevor
Colac/Timboon region later this month, hopefully to has seen massive changes since joining
basis that prices towards the end of 2007 started being dumped on export markets, balances the
coincide with the Sungold Field Days at Allansford.
to soften. The general feeling is that the longer situation out. the company in 1988 as it experienced
they continue to wait the more the price will head with John Williams Quality Assurance Manager Greg Lemmens
significant growth. ``We had no office as
said field officer Brendan Hyland has been trying
south. And they are correct as there has been litres being 3.2 per cent up on November 2006. Soft ride down such back then, but we spent so much time
some panic selling of product which in turn feeds For the first 11 months of 2007, United States to arrange a bus tour to a number of south-west
into the buyers strategy of waiting and seeing. milk production is 74.8 billion litres or 2 per cent In any case life would be boring without these properties around February 20, which will hopefully on the road that we probably didn't need
There is no doubt the party is over and we have up on the same period for 2006. United States little challenges from time to time and in a market include a field day visit. one,'' he quipped.
come off the peak in prices but the reality is that herd numbers is up 65,000 head over that 11 that moved up so quickly something had to give. ``The main focus on the tour will be to inspect Trevor and Bruce shared around 300
supply out of Australia and New Zealand is still months and milk yields were also up. With the Demand should remain relatively strong and the effluent ponds and the differing nutrient managing suppliersin the early days with Trevor's
very tight. Dairy Australia is now predicting that US market being stable at best, this additional US situation will hopefully balance itself out and techniques at a number of hand-picked properties,''
all north of the highway between Yambuk
Australia will be 7 per cent down again on last product is finding a home in export markets. And lead to a softer landing down the other side of the Greg explained.
year and the New Zealanders have not had the US buyers are not mucking around in moving this peak rather than the terrible roller coaster rides Group members certainly enjoyed the farm
and Terang, while Bruce looked after the
season they anticipated. Where the fuelling of this product and have sold at prices ridiculously below we have experienced in the past. walks hosted by Ballarat suppliers Lyn Greenwood remainder south of the highway.
market is coming from is in the news coming from the prices we have achieved. and Wendy Ross who were only too happy to Qualities were the main threat at the
the United States. Not surprisingly this applies some pressure,
but in reality the quality of the US product is not
inventions in outline future plans for their respective properties. time - Total Plate Counts not bactos, taking It's goodbye: For popular field services officer Trevor
as long as four days to get plated out and
Production shake-up directly comparable to ours and has limitations the spotlight Environmental info receive a result.
Fulton it's a case of time's up.
in its use by our customers. However, this won't ``We would often catch up for lunch or a hit
MILK production in the United States continues stop them from buying it as at the end of the day * FROM PAGE 1 ``But despite the running around delivering
At the Miners Rest venue, the group was of golf and he enjoyed life and helping his
to grow with November production of 6.6 billion dollars talk and they will find ways of blending it in introduced to environmental topics where project
messages that a lot of people didn't want
to hear, the majority of farmers handled the suppliers.''
If you haven't taken the kids along to the facilitator Terry Makin revealed DairySAT, the Dairy
Animal Nursery make certain you do this year good with the bad and generally felt better ``Suppliers are the most important link in
Australia funded program that concentrates on
as it is unquestionably one of the highlights of the environmental issues. once they realised you were there to help.'' the dairy chain'' says Trevor .
three-day fest. At the most recent session, participants, in addition Working at The Union, Woolsthorpe, Trevor
For the women there will be cooking to covering Whole Farm Planning, also received a spent almost 20 years in a sharefarming
demonstrations twice each day by the team from farm map to assist in developing overlays for better
role before he and wife Barb, bought their
leading Warrnambool catering company `Charlie management of their farms. Extra members are
still being sought and anyone interested is urged to
own dairy at Minjah, where they stayed
Truffle Fine Foods'. Add to this the Hillside
contact Brendan Hyland or Greg Lemmens at WCB. for 14 years. They sold up, moved into
Markets and the annual fashion parades, staged
by Alison's of Warrnambool and an opportunity Greg suggests there will be no problem in bringing Warrnambool, and Trevor joined WCB as a
to win a nine-day coach tour for 2 people to `late starters' up to speed in covering material field officer. Trevor recalls from that time
the Sapphire Coast, valued at $3750, courtesy discussed at earlier sessions. the respect that rival field officers had for
of National Warrnambool Travel and Kingston's ``We are also following up on DairySAT booklets each other. ``It didn't matter you worked for
and how far each person has got with their
Coach Tours. another company we would often get out
completion,'' Greg said.
All that's needed now is some enjoyable
If you require further information, simply
for a lunch or a beer together,'' he added.
weather on February 20, 21, and 22. See you He recalls fond memories of the late
contact Project Facilitator, Terry Makin 0409
there! Len Evans, a Nestle field officer, who was
805 579 or Jeff Lawes on 5592 2477. If
The Sungold Field Days Committee would like you prefer e-mail, Terry can be contacted on a good bloke and an even better socialiser.
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* The Standard
Butter talk: John Casamento, Ron Gillin and Anthony Best played host to an influential team from leading Japanese
Bakery, Yamazaki at the factory recently.
* ANZ Bank
* Coates Hire Getting the latest on teat spraying units
* National Warrnambool Travel
Buttering their bread
* Kingston's Coach Tours WITH time, or lack of it, becoming more A sensor activates the three nozzles
* St George Bank important to dairy farmers, there has been a lot simultaneously as the cows make their exit from
* Montague Cold Storage more interest in automatic teat spraying units. the dairy via a narrow race before rejoining the
BUTTER sales could well be on the increase success of their business. * Dairy Australia Limited It is somewhat surprising in these days of rapid track. Each cow receives a blast of iodine spray,
following a recent delegation by representatives With assistance from John Casamento, who * Coffey Hunt inventions that so many suppliers still use the ensuring that the teats are covered from every
from one Japan's most prominent bakery looks after product distribution, and Cheese * Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria old plastic spray bottles which can be so time angle, which many veterinarians suggest is vital.
chains. and Butter Production Manager, Anthony Best, * Swayn & McCabe consuming and inaccurate when it comes to teat Rather than mix his own spray, Tom buys the
Mr Tetsuo Nagao, general manager of the the visitors had virtually everything at their * ACE Radio 3YB & Coast FM cover. 1000 litre `ready mixed' variety containing 10
Tokyo-based Yamazaki Bakery, led a group of fingertips. * Craig's Motorbikes Service & Repairs However, Curdie Vale supplier Tom Rundle per cent lanolin which he says ensures even
six administrators on a fact-finding tour to get With the group keen to visit a dairying * National Australia Bank claims the installation of a `walk over teat spray' more care for the teats.
a better understanding of the Victorian dairy property to see where the milk originates, Ron * Graeme Hose Electrical as one of his better decisions. And considering While agreeing that other farmers also enjoy
industry, particularly the butter situation. arranged a visit to the dairy of Brian and Cathy * Middendorp Electrical his herd is a regular in the Weekly Times BMCC success with the old method, Tom is convinced
And according to the Marketing Department's McCosh at Framlingham where the visitors were * McCarthy Catering competition, (lowest 5 per cent range) there is that the even mix, combined with the saving of
Ron Gillin, the visitors were more than happy treated to an informative guided tour. * Commonwealth Bank something to be said for his investment. at least 20 minutes per milking, all result in a
with their visit to the Warrnambool Cheese and ``Cleanliness is extremely important to the * Alison's of Warrnambool Explaining how he decided to remove the stress stronger bottom line by keeping his counts within
Butter factory. Japanese and they were suitably impressed with * Chemblast and time involved with the old hand spraying premium guidelines.
He said the visitors' main objective was to the McCosh set-up,'' Ron explained. * Frush's U Drive Bus Hire unit, Tom claims his main complaint is that he The Westfalia units, sold and installed by Kelly
have a good look at the buttermaking facilities didn't convert years earlier. Teat care: Field Officer Brendan Hyland and supplier Dairy Centre of Garvoc, are gradually gaining in
as securing product for the future is vital to the Tom Rundle with the latest in automated teat sprays. popularity.