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FARMERS travelled from across
Gippsland to Gendore Tractors
and Machinery’s Demo Day at
Lardner Park last Wednesday.
reputable dealership is
Gippsland’s only New Holland dealership
and sells the quality brand to customers
from Melbourne through to Mallacoota.
Farmers, from dairy and beef producers
to those in the horticultural industry, joined
with agricultural contractors to meet with
Gendore’s experienced staff and sales
representatives to discuss the latest tractors
and machinery, and test drive these first
hand at the ideal Lardner Park site.
Gendore has dealerships in Leongatha
and Tooradin, and a new dealership in
Gendore not only stocks New Holland,
but also machinery by Alpego, Fleming
and BA Pumps and Sprayers.
General manager Tim Burgess said the
day was ideal for showing farmers how
the latest machinery can help improve
productivity and profits.
“This is the first demo day we’ve had
at Lardner. The beauty of it is that we left
the machinery here after the field days
and we just brought it out of the shed for
today,” he said.
New Holland’s new T4.85 Dual
Command tractor offers a horsepower
range from 85 to 115, and is a good sized
New Holland has a released a
telehandler capable of carrying heavier
loads than most tractor front end loaders.
“Everyone in South Gippsland is
buying big square bales and the telehandler
can easily handle them, and get into the
stack without getting into the shed,” Mr
“It’s more versatile than a standard
front end loader.”
Mr Burgess was impressed with the
Sigma 4 loader, a new hydraulic self
levelling European loader that has 25 per
cent more lift capacity than a mechanical
Gendore backs up clients with after
sales service on property.
WENDY Whelan doesn’t
believe recovering from a
stroke at age 38 is her defin-
It’s becoming a share farmer on a
dairy property that she sees as a more
notable accomplishment – and one that
wasn’t going to be stolen from her by a
rare medical condition.
The Legendairy farmer from Toora
in South Gippsland is back in the milk-
ing shed just six months after lying in a
hospital bed unable to move or speak.
Her recovery was spurred by her
desire to resume a career she had
worked long and hard to achieve.
During rehab she lifted weights
to rebuild muscles needed for milk-
ing duties and practiced walking on
uneven ground like that found in cow
“We based my physio on milking
cows,” she said.
“I needed to build the strength in
my arms and they would take me out
on undulating grass mounds to practice
Just two years after achieving her
goal of becoming a share farmer, Wen-
dy was feeling confident in her role as
chief decision maker on the 200 hect-
are farm where 340 cows are milked at
In August last year, however, she
noticed flu like symptoms that esca-
lated to the point where she was rushed
to Monash Medical Centre in Mel-
bourne’s south east.
“I couldn’t remember the next two
weeks. I lost my speech, lost my vision
and couldn’t move,” she said.
Within six weeks, Wendy was al-
lowed out of the rehabilitation cen-
tre for a weekend – and she headed
straight for the farm.
“I came home on weekend leave
and went and milked three cows, with
a patch on my eye and needing help to
get down the steps into the pit. I just
needed to know I could still do it,” she
“Four weeks before that I couldn’t
even walk, so I thought it was a pretty
Wendy progressed to half an hour
of milking each day and is now able to
complete six milkings a week.
While the stroke-inducing Venus
Sinus Thrombosis and its aftermath
has dominated the past six months,
she is keen to ensure the rare medical
condition does not define the rest of
The chances of suffering that type
of blood clot were one in 200,000, but
Wendy still reckons she defied larger
odds to become a single female share-
“I’m the only female share farmer I
know of who doesn’t have a partner,”
The arrangement with Bruce and
Jan Best sees Wendy take a 36 percent
share of farm costs and revenues, pro-
viding labour and management skills,
while the Bests own the farm and
After starting as a relief milker 16
years ago, Wendy developed her skills
to the point where the Bests were will-
ing to hand over management of the
farm to their long term employee.
“Being a share farmer is more satis-
fying, but it’s also scary. It’s my money
I’m spending and there’s no one else to
blame for decisions,” Wendy said.
While getting back on her feet
and resuming her career is more than
enough of a challenge at the moment,
Wendy harbours long term ambitions
to eventually buy her own farm.
In the meantime, the simple plea-
sures of being her own boss and work-
ing among the dairy cows are satisfy-
“I am an animal person, which is
part of the reason I like being a dairy
farmer,” she said.
“I used to work on dad’s sheep and
beef farm. We’ve always had animals.
Even when we lived in Melbourne
when I was a child, we had orphaned
lambs in the backyard.”
Wendy has a lot more to achieve in
dairy career and wants to one day look
back on her stroke as just a small but
significant moment in the bigger pic-
ture of her life.
“It’s just something that happened.
Hopefully it’s just a small glitch in my
lifetime,” she said.
Dairy Australia’s Legendairy cam-
paign aims to highlight inspirational
farmers like Wendy, who form the
backbone of Australia’s $4 billion
Aiming high: Toora’s Wendy Whelan wants her achievements as a dairy farm-
er to define her.
Wendy’s brave battle
Farmers test drive Gendore’s latest
Left, Productive performer: Daniel Peacock,
regional manager of BA Pumps and Sprayers, was
happy to show farmers the 1000 litre, 12m, three
point linkage spray unit.
New option: Gendore Tractors and Machinery’s
Leongatha salesman Kevin Smith shows Andrew
Kent of Woolamai the New Holland T6.160,
featuring Autocommand transmission. Mr Kent is
a dairy and beef farmer, and contractor.
Expert help: from left, Gendore Tractors and Machinery general manager Tim Burgess discusses the
New Holland telehandler with Trafalgar dairy farmer Bruno Turra, joined by New Holland after sales
business manager Derek Mower and New Holland business manager Matt Obst.
Nice rig: Bass grazier Bruce Adkins (left) chats with Gendore Tractors and Ma-
chinery’s Tooradin salesman Trevor Van Der Heyden about the New Holland
Roll-Belt 180 baler hitched to a New Holland T7.170 Autocommand tractor.
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