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DFMC loans help farmers plan for future

Numurkah supplier Jim Dealy has welcomed the changes to the DFMC loans eligibility, which now give members the opportunity to borrow funds for everyday business proposals, rather than just adverse circumstances. Jim and his wife Barbara, along with sons Ryan and Greg, will milk nearly 1200 cows on their 3500 acres at Numurkah this season. […]

Tradition meets innovation

Three generations of the Gazzola family work together to run a dairy farm at Jervois in South Australia. Who: The Gazzola family What: Milking up to 200 cows, predominantly Holsteins Where: 1700-hectare farm at Jervois, South Australia The youngest family member who works full-time on the farm is Rupert. The 23-year-old loves dairy farming, especially […]

A passion for profitable crossbred cows

Describing the composition of Clayton Alley’s dairy herd is no easy job, with the herd comprising a diverse mix of crossbred cows that are one of the keys to the high profitability of his business. Who: Clayton and Kristy Alley, Moo Moo Dairies – X-breds for profit, Riverie What: 175 milking cows, crossbreds Where: Forbes, […]

A committed dairy family

The bustling, busy house of Queensland-based DFMC dairy farmers Duncan and Mary McInnes reflects the energy and enthusiasm the entire family has for the dairy industry. Who: McInnes Bros Trust – Duncan, Ross and Morris and their families (In photo from lt to rt: Duncan McInnes, Ruth and Geoffrey Chalk’s son, Mary McInnes, Ruth Chalk, […]

Farm loan scheme broadened

The DFMC Board has recently decided to broaden DFMC’s Farm Loan scheme to include a new category for business productivity. Previously, the scheme only made loans available to farmers facing extreme climatic conditions – like a drought or a disaster such as a flood. The new loan category has been named the Business Productivity Support […]

Australia Day awards recognise former DFMC Chair

Former DFMC Chair, Duncan McInnes has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours this year. The medal recognises Australians who have demonstrated service worthy of particular recognition. Duncan was recognised for his service to the dairy industry, agricultural show societies and the community. He described receiving the […]

DFMC representation on Dairy Consultative Committee

The new mandatory Dairy Industry Code of Conduct (the Code) came into effect on January 1, 2020, based on the recommendations from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) inquiry into the Australian dairy industry. The Code aims to improve the clarity and transparency of contracting and trading between dairy farmers and processors. To aid […]

DFMC farmers face fires, offer helping hands

This bushfire season was like no other. It has ravaged our landscape and devastated communities. Our thoughts go out to members of our community who have been faced with the threat of fires and have had to make difficult choices. There are hundreds of stories of loss and hope out there, but here are just […]

Awarding dairy excellence

Congratulations to all recipients of our 2018/19 milk quality awards. Only farms with fewer than five demerit points are recognised with these awards, and this year DFMC is proud that farms that received the awards represented about two-thirds of our total milk pool. National and SA Quality Award winners Ian and Nikki Willcocks with Regional […]

New AGM format a hit

The DFMC Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Kiama, NSW on November 19th. This year we kicked off the day with an open forum in the morning, followed by the formalities of the AGM, and then a lunch during the presentation of the NSW South Coast quality awards. We were privileged to hear from […]

Managed Growth in the Mary Valley

Whilst national dairy production is forecast to remain steady over 2023/2024, there are farms within the Co-operative that are bucking this trend. Rod and Sharon Skyring, with their children Brittany and Zachary milk, on average, 300 Jerseys in the picturesque Mary Valley (south of Gympie, SEQ). Their story of growth in the face of dry […]