Gallery | Robotic dairy on show

Elisabeth Brader and Imke Ippen are touring Australia to visit dairy farms. Imke owns a dairy farm at Aurich, in Germany, and Elisabeth works on a cropping farm at nearby Jever. They were talking to Chris Nenhauser, from Lely Centre Gippsland, at the Vening dairy farm.

Dairy farmers arrived from as far afield as Germany, and as close as the neighbours next door, when the Vening family held on open day at their dairy farm at Hedley, South Gippsland, Victoria.

The Vening family — Peter and Lisa and their sons, Shawn, Jarrod and Trent — replaced their herringbone dairy with eight A5 Lely robot milking machines, on a greenfield site.

Since beginning the new operation on their dairy farm in May 2023, the family has hosted two discussion groups and a local aged care group.

They hosted the open day to enable people in their local district and further afield to view and discuss the new infrastructure.

See the full story about the Vening family’s farm transformation in the May print edition of Dairy News Australia or online at:

The Vening family, of Hedley, are enjoying using their new dairy — Jarrod, Lisa, Trent, Shawn and Peter.
Rachael McGlead and her daughter, Louise, of Foster.
Dale Serong, from Lely Centre Gippsland, and Tamara Tomberger, of Jack River.
Adam White, of Alberton, and Nils Netzer, of Lely Centre Gippsland.
Paul Haymes of Devon North.
Rabobank Leongatha staff Shawn Hollingsworth, Rohan Lomax and Angus Keeble.
Matthew and Rachael Conn of Hedley.
Clancee Fearnley, of Hedley, and her son Jackson.
Paul Battersby of Gibsons Groundspread and Bruno Perez from Morley Family Farm, Gormandale.
Jamie McIntosh, Nambrok, and Kurtis Storr, of Storr’s Transport, Nambrok.
Damian Murphy, Dumbalk North, and Rod Kenney, Dumbalk.
Sylvia Vagg of Leongatha South, Brett McKnight of Stony Creek and Gordon Vagg of Leongatha South.
Don McKnight, Stony Creek, and Mick Sims, Foster.
Shirley Gordon of Yarram, Carol Elmer of Yarram and Marie Ham of Jack River.
Linton Morris, Foster, with Jarrod Vening, of Hedley.