The dairy industry names its best.
The 2017 Great South West Dairy Awards celebrated the quality and resilience of the local dairy industry at the gala night on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Deakin University Warrnambool.
A large number of nominations and the quality of the finalists emphasised the high standards in the local industry according to WestVic Dairy’s Regional Manager Lindsay Ferguson.
“We are part of a wonderful if at times challenging, industry and it is important to recognise those who are outstanding in their business practices,” he said.
The winners were announced at an award ceremony celebrating all aspects of the dairy industry.
Macarthur dairy farmers Peter and Fiona Musson won the Gardiner Foundation Farm Business Manager of the Year Award after impressing the judges with their vision and professional approach to running a farm business.
Grassmere farmers Isaac and Michelle Johnstone were recognised for their approach to creating an efficient and well-oiled team with the Dairy Australia Employer of the Year Award.
The award for Murray Goulburn Employee of the Year went to Jorge Massa, a farm manager from Cooriemungle, for his impressive range of both technical and staff management skills.
from LeddinTodd and Cowbank Share Farmer of the Year Award after the judges scored them highly for their approach to benchmarking profit, equity building and farm investments.ToolongMadeline received the
Standing out for his passionate involvement in the community and the local industry Andrew Powell from Cooriemungle was rewarded with the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Young Farm Leader of the Year Award.
The Colac, Corangamite and Wannon UDV Branches Natural Resource and Sustainability Award went to Max and Pam Wines from Ecklin South for their shelterbelt plantings on the farm, the effective re-use of dairy effluent for forage production, and just recently the move into large-scale renewable energy with the installation of a 400 solar panels to power the farm’s irrigation system.
Dairy Farm Photo of the Year was snapped by Jess Fleming from WestVicThe Gorae West capturing the first moments between cow and calf.
The night also recognised the achievements of local farmers with Dairy Australia’s Countdown 2020 Milk Quality Awards 2016 and DataGene’s Herd Improvement Category winners.
Regional Manager Lindsay Ferguson spoke to ACE RADIO'S country today.