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280 Complete Dairy Herd 280
Monday, June 6 at 11am
VLE Leongatha Saleyards
A/c Virginia Ryan, Dumbalk
(Relinquishing Dairying - Property Sold)
Friesian, Friesian x Cows, 90 cows calved Autumn,
currently producing 28 liters, and 90 cows which are in
calf to AI Sires Superior, Authority, Double Dutch,
Emissary, Charlotte, and more, to calve July and August,
have been dry cow treated with teat seal.
Friesian, Friesian x Heifers, Sires include Superior,
Double Dutch, Ginary Jack,
Virgil and more, Unjoined, 8-18 months.
This herd is a large framed herd, in very good condition
and display the true dairy characteristics with neat
udders, currently have a low cell count that sits in
premium quality. The herd has been culled of any aged
or defect cows, so buyers can buy cows with many
years of dairying to come. A very genuine herd as the
Dairy farm has been sold, these cows will be for
outright auction, no known JD.
(more details on sale day)
FORTHCOMING CLEARING SALE
Farm Plant, Equipment & Sundries
Gooley's Lane, Dumbalk
A/c Virginia Ryan (Property Sold)
Friday, June 10 at 10am
More details next week's edition & Elders website
Outside entries invited subject to agent's approval
Alex Dixon: 0409 581 935
Office: 5658 1894
A/C MALKRYST FARMS, WOODSIDE (RODWELL)
A/C P & S CAMPBELL, MARDAN (SEJ)
A/C D JERRAM (SEJ)
P FOX, YINNAR (PROPERTY SOLD) (LANDMARK)
A/C KENNINGTON PARK, MEENIYAN (RODWELL)
A/C BREEDER - RUSSELL JONES, FOSTER (SEJ)
A/C D & S MORGAN, YANAKIE (SEJ)
AJ & BR MOYLE, LANCE CREEK (ALEX SCOTT)
G & K DAVIS, LEONGATHA (LANDMARK)
WA & LM ELLEM, DOREEN (LANDMARK)
J & A MEYER, MT ECCLES (RODWELLS)
A/C BREEDER (PHC)
Harris Bros, Whitelaw (SEJ)
A/C ORONG PARK, KORUMBURRA
(PROPERTY SOLD) (RODWELL)
D & K FLEMING, MIRBOO NTH
(PROPERTY LEASED) (LANDMARK)
60 Angus & Murray Grey mix sex weaners 8-9 months
44 Angus steers, Barwidgee and Hazeldene blood,
Dectomax 20/04, 2x5in1
32 Angus mix sexes, 8-9 mths old, Millah Murrah blood
lines, weaned, very quiet, well bred, EU accredited.
25 Angus steers, 18-20 months, East Gippsland bred
25 Angus steers, 14 months, Lawson blood
20 Angus steers, 13-15 months
20 Hereford/fries cross steers - 12 mths
20 Fries steers - 12 mths
20 hereford/fries heifers - 12 mths
All bucket reared
12 Angus steers
6 Angus heifers
Banquet blood, 12 mths old, weaned & drenched
4 Angus steers, 10-12 months
8 Ang/fries x steers, 15-18 months, bucket reared
17 Ang/fries x steers, 14-16 months, bucket reared
12 Friesian steers, 12 months, bucket reared
11 BB steers
10 BB heifers
10-12 months, Yarram Park blood, drenched Ivermectin & 5
in 1, 12/1/16
15 Angus heifers, 18 months, unjoined
40 Jersey/friesian cross heifers, 8-10 months AI bred, well
16 Shorthorn Fries x Strs, Rising 2yo, Bucket reared.
30 Angus friesian x cows with Feb/Mar drop limmo calves
at foot, redepasted top Limmo bull 1/5/16 ,
1 Limmo bull 4 years (top quality)
28 x 28 Angus/fries x cows & calves, 3rd & 4th calvers with
Limousin calves at foot, re-dept. To Limousin bull early
0427 507 369
0429 050 349
VLE - LEONGATHA
THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016
Starting at 10am
1200 CATTLE 1200
SOUTH GIPPSLAND ASSOCIATED AGENTS
LIKE any young man leaving home for
the first time, Legendairy farmer Erwin
Reesink had his doubts about what he
Leaving his mother and brother behind in Hol-
land to start a new life in Australia was a huge
step for an 18 year old, but one that has paid divi-
Just four years since making his big move, Er-
win is running a South Gippsland dairy farm with
his new wife Stacey, who herself arrived in South
Gippsland via South Africa and New Zealand.
The couple share-farm on Len McRae’s Wattle
Bank property near Wonthaggi where they milk
250 cows on 100 hectares.
At just 22 and 20 years old respectively, Erwin
and Stacey have far more responsibility than most
young people their age, but say the dairy lifestyle
offers them opportunities that few others enjoy.
“Being your own boss is good and I love the
animals,” Erwin said.
“It’s a pretty busy life with weekends as well,
but if we get our work done we can have a quiet
day or head off to the beach.”
For Stacey, having the opportunity to be on-
farm with Erwin makes dairy life more appealing
than most careers.
“It’s probably what I like about it the most. We
get to spend time with each other,” she said.
Erwin wasn’t completely alone before meet-
ing Stacey. His father Johan emigrated at the same
time, along with Johan’s partner and their three
Johan, who now farms a few kilometres away
at Middle Tarwin, always wanted to come to Aus-
tralia after spending holidays here.
“It was always dad’s dream to come here. We’d
been here twice before on holiday. We really liked
it and loved the country,” Erwin said.
The family had a dairy farm in north east Hol-
land, milking 75 cows on 41 hectares. European
red tape and the inability to grow the farm busi-
ness saw the family make its bold move to the
“It’s getting very hard to dairy farm over there,
especially if you want to expand. It’s very strict
and very complicated,” Erwin said.
FARMERS are invited to join a tour to
learn to adapt to climate change.
The Northern Victoria Farm Tour, hosted by
the Southern Gippsland Agricultural Climate Re-
silience Project, will be visiting northern Victoria
to see how farmers cope with warmer and drier
climates expected from climate change.
The trip will take interested farmers to Rob
Fenton’s Natural Environment Centre (NEC)
farm in Thurgoona and Tom’s Paddock at Yea.
The project aims to provide Southern
Gippsland farmers with the experience of how to
adapt to warmer climates that are expected as a
result of climate change.
South Gippsland Shire Council’s agricul-
tural resilience officer Jill Vella said farmers can
visit other farmers in warmer conditions, such
as northern Victoria, to learn how the cope with
these expected conditions.
“Diversification has been suggested as the
main way we can adapt to climate change and
both of our key farm visits are with food produc-
ers that practice integrated farm management,”
“We expect interested farmers from Southern
Gippsland will learn new ways to diversify their
farms to ensure they are in a steady position as
the climate changes.”
The farm tour will be conducted over two
days on July 12 and 13, 2016.
For more information please contact Jill on
0408 208 350. Any individuals wishing to take
part in the tour can call council on 5662 9200 to
book and pay. Bookings are essential by June 13,
2016 at a cost of $100 per person twin share. A
single supplement is available at $40.
The Southern Gippsland Agricultural Climate
Resilience Project is a joint initiative of South
Gippsland Shire Council, Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil, Bass Coast Land Network and the Victorian
Join tour to prepare for climate change
Dutch courage pays off
Young and driven: Stacey and Erwin Reesink with Banjo and Turbo on their Wattle Bank
“At the time, you weren’t allowed to produce
any more milk than your quota and, if you did,
you had to pay a penalty.
“We could have stayed there, but there was a
brighter future over here.”
The big move was an experience that he shared
with millions of Dutch men and women, who fol-
lowed the Reesinks’ journey on a popular reality
TV show called IkVertrek (or I’m Leaving).
The Reesink episode broke ratings records,
with millions tuning in for the novelty of watch-
ing dairy farmers start a new life in a strange
“The show was always the same thing with
people starting wineries and B and Bs in France
or England,” Erwin said.
“So people were interested to see dairy farm-
ers in Australia.”
Dairy Australia’s Legendairy campaign aims
to highlight inspirational farmers, like Erwin and
Stacey, who form the backbone of Australia’s $4
billion dairy industry.
To read more Legendairy stories, head to leg-
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