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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.
                                                                                                                              popular institution.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Price hike
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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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
Sharefarmer Wanted:
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

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    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,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  True farmer
                                                      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.''

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                    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.
                                                                                                                      to thank the following sponsors for their valuable
                                                                                                                         * 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.

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