Tas best dairy business named

23 Mar, 2018 04:00 AM
Comments
0
 
TOP COWS: Remlap farm's Eliza Anderson, Susannah Palmer and Michael Palmer at their Sisters Creek property, which was named 2018 Tasmanian Dairy Business of the Year. Picture: Supplied
I was up against some great dairyfarmers – two are my best mates
TOP COWS: Remlap farm's Eliza Anderson, Susannah Palmer and Michael Palmer at their Sisters Creek property, which was named 2018 Tasmanian Dairy Business of the Year. Picture: Supplied

When you are in the running for a big dairy award, it helps to have your friends supporting you, but when those friends are finalists too things can get complicated.

Remlap farm at Sisters Creek, which is owned by Michael Palmer and Eliza Anderson with his parents Rhys and Cecile Palmer, was named the 2018 Tasmanian Dairy Business of the Year.

Friends Richard and Melissa Duniam, who own Glenwood Dairy at Sisters Creek, and Duncan and Sally Sadler, Wayne and Linda Hansen and Nathan and Cassidy Lawrence, who jointly own Currajong Dairy at Flowerdale, were finalists, along with Agrilac’s Oxberry Dairy at Waterhouse, managed by David Risbey-Pearn.

Mr Palmer said the three North-West dairies were close “as the crow flies”, but also as friends who compared notes to ensure they were doing the best for their businesses.

“I was up against some great dairyfarmers – two are my best mates,” Mr Palmer said.

“We like to stir each other up, but also help each other out a fair bit.

“We all knew it would be a tough year, but we all talked to each other about the DairyTas courses to help us understand more about our businesses. We’ve been there a long time, but we’re always looking to make a profit.”

The Palmer family has been farming the Sisters Creek property for 33 years, gradually expanding through buying neighbouring farms to build cow numbers from 133 to 1000.

They supply milk for Murray Goulburn.

The awards, which were presented at the end of the Tasmanian Dairy Conference on Thursday night, are jointly run by DairyTas and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.

Dairy Extension Team leader Lesley Irvine said the top dairy farm is awarded to the business that records the best overall results in the institute’s benchmarking program, which measures financial and physical information.

“The Remlap team scored particularly well on aspects of financial performance and herd management, particularly in relation to herd nutrition and young stock management,” Ms Irvine said.

“The profitability of Remlap has been boosted by individual feeding based on milk production, and a focus on managing pasture to maximise growth and consumption.”

Remlap farm also had a strong focus on people management, which will be evident in the celebrations Mr Palmer has planned after the field day at the Sisters Creek property on April 11.

Further awards were also announced at the event:

Share Dairy Farmer of the Year, sponsored by Fonterra – Wayne and Caroline Saward.

Dairy Safety Award, sponsored by Moon Lake Investments – Clear Springs Operations, managed by Tim and Fiona Salter.

Dairy Employer of Choice Award, sponsored by WFI - Compass Agribusiness

Dairy Environmental Award, sponsored by Veolia – AgCAP Pty Ltd.

Dairy Services Award, sponsored by Elphinstone – Stevens Pty Ltd Bob Bush.

Young Farmer Encouragement Award, sponsored by Cadbury – Luke Day.

Page:
1

POST A COMMENT


Screen name *
Email address *
Remember me?
Comment *
 
A new definition of 'genetically modified' currently awaiting parliamentary approval could see a swathe of new grasses on the market within three years.
13 Nov 18 A new definition of "genetically modified" currently awaiting parliamentary approval could see a swathe of new...
A person normally breathes about 25,000 times a day, with the lungs taking in oxygen from the air and delivering it to the bloodstream.02 Nov 18 A person normally breathes about 25,000 times a day, with the lungs taking in oxygen from the air and delivering it...
light grey arrow
Don't fall for the processors changing their contracts. They can change them back again without
light grey arrow
This is all very nice for specific LIon suppliers but it does absolutely nothig for the wider
light grey arrow
This is well-written, covers what's going on well. It highlights how wrong the processors
Australian Dairyfarmer's Jeanette Severs checked out the range of new and interesting products and services on show at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo in September, while Peter Roach caught up with suppliers at the Elmore Field Days in October.02 Dec 18 Australian Dairyfarmer's Jeanette Severs checked out the range of new and interesting products and services on show...
The floodplain around Kerang and Swan Hill in north-west Victoria is dotted with depressions and surrounding windblown lunettes.29 Nov 18 The floodplain around Kerang and Swan Hill in north-west Victoria is dotted with depressions and surrounding...
Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition opportunities.25 Sep 16 Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition...
Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.22 Sep 16 Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.