Congratulations to Kevin & Sharron Collins (plus Sean back home milking) from Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tablelands who won DFMC’s 2023 Ian Stewart National Milk Quality Award. The Collins’ had an average Bulk Milk Cell Count of 86 with averaged components of 4.21% Fat and 3.33 Protein over 1.7 million litres for the year.
The Collins were of course also the FNQ region winner. These results put them in the top 5% of farms nationally for milk quality. Dairy Australia Director Paul Roderick was on hand to present them with a Silver Award from DA. Kevin reckons the key to their milk quality success is commitment from family. Job well done Team Collins! We’re proud to have you as members of the DFMC Family. Runners-up again in FNQ was our recently re-elected Director James Geraghty & wife Sari.
Congratulations to the Jarvis Family from Bringenbrong (right on the Victorian & NSW border) who are our Victorian winners and the Ian Stewart National Milk Quality Award Runners Up. Don and the family supplied just over 1 million litres with a Bulk Milk Cell Count of just 94 with averaged components of 4.08% Fat and 3.31% Protein across the year.
Runners-up were the David & Jennifer Croft from Nullaware East – interestingly both the Jarvis & Croft operations are organic.
A family name synonymous with quality over many years took out the South-East Queensland Award again this year for the umpteenth time – David, Cheryl, Clinton & Mel Vonhoff are sticklers for sending high quality milk from their farm at Brymaroo – last season the farm sent 1,322,972 litres at 4.49 Fat & 3.48 Protein with a cell count of 114 and average TPC of 5.
Runners up in SE Qld were the Crouch Family from Mt Mee who were also last year’s winners.
Back-to-back wins in SA for David & Kathy Leuenberger who farm at Waitpinga on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Another name no stranger to quality awards the Leuenbergers last season sent 289,966 litres at a 4.03% Fat & 3.12% Protein test, with a Cell count of 117 and average TPC of 2.
Miss ES Bowman was the NSW winner after several years as runner up. Sharefarmer Grant Maher was on hand at the Singleton Christmas lunch to be congratulated by new Chairman Trevor Middlebrook. Last year Grant sent 328,468 litres at a 4.08 Fat & 3.42 protein test with a cell count of 131 and average TPC of 4.
Runner up in NSW was the Michael Cole farm managed by Karen Tieck at Jerrara.