DFMC suppliers awarded Gold Star

Running out of space! Suppliers Ray Perkins and Shirleen Evans from Laceby near Wangaratta are going to need a new display board to accommodate another Gold Star Award from Dairy Australia.

Awarded to the Top 100 BMCC Dairy Farms in Australia, this makes five years in a row for the north-east Victorian couple who began supplying DFMC in 2017.

Milking around 150 cows in a mainly Autumn calving herd on around 350 acres, the couple attribute their success to attention to detail when it comes to udder and teat health.

“We’re not a large herd so we can do it all ourselves and keep a pretty good eye on things,” Ray said.

Both Shirl and Ray have done Dairy Australia’s Cups On – Cups Off course and believe the extra information provided has lifted their understanding of mastitis management.

“Correct teat spraying is absolutely critical in managing mastitis,” Ray said.

“Good laneways, shed entry and exit areas are a big focus as well.”

“We don’t set out each season with an award like this as our target, but it is nice when all the bits you do around the place make it happen in the end.”