Celebrating whats best in dairy

By Dairy News

THE 2018 Great South West Dairy Awards celebrated the achievements and commitment of the local dairy industry at a gala night on Wednesday, July 11 at the City Memorial Bowls Club in Warrnambool.

This year for the first time the awards celebrated service providers in the regional dairy industry with the Service Provider Award.

WestVic Dairy regional manager Lindsay Ferguson said service providers were an integral part of the dairy industry and recognising that was important.

“We had a really good response to this award category, showing the high level of appreciation for our local service providers,” Mr Ferguson said.

The winners were announced in an award ceremony celebrating all aspects of the dairy industry.

Ecklin dairy farmers Kevin and Claire Wines won the Dairy Farm Business Management Award, after impressing the judges by running a farming system that takes into account the physical limitations of the farm and the skills within the business.

Terry and Joanne Place from Pomborneit were recognised for their approach to creating an open and trusting engagement with their staff with the Employer Award.

Impressing the judges with his passion for agriculture, work ethic and his proactive approach to his day-to-day duties, Dylan Light from Weerite was rewarded with the Employee Award.

Clint Theodore and Brooke Lane from Alvie received the Sharefarmer Award after the judges scored them highly for their fantastic management of a high input farm in which they have a 50:50 share.

The Natural Resource and Sustainability Management Award went to Robert and Belinda Morrison, from Yandoit near Ballarat, for their excellent resource management practices, including extensive protection of remnant native vegetation and good nutrient management such as effective utilisation of limited amounts of dairy wastes and irrigation water.

Cobden’s James Green from GreenCon received the inaugural Service Provider Award for his outstanding service to dairy farmers and his tireless dedication to the community.

The award for Young Dairy Leader went to Liam Allan from Framlingham, for his vision to inspire other young farmers and to continue broadening his skill and knowledge base.

The winning Farm Photo was snapped by Kirsty Robinson, capturing the view of many farmers on a motorbike.

Lew Officer and John Harlock were added to the Western Victorian Dairy Industry Honour Board for their outstanding contributions to the regional dairy industry.