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TIM and Grit Cashin have only one regret about their time as
Focus Farmers – they wish it could have gone on longer.
The Leongatha South couple has been under the microscope for two years, with
their farm business scrutinised publicly and by a support group of local farmers and
The Cashin Focus Farm, which was funded by GippsDairy and Dairy Australia
using dairy service levy funds, held its final field day recently.
Tim said having a group of quality dairy farmers looking closely at their busi-
ness was challenging, but had paid dividends.
The biggest change the Cashins made during the two years was starting to im-
prove the genetics of their herd.
“I think they put it pretty well, that we have a pretty good herd but it’s just five
years behind the really good herds now in terms of genetics and the way they are
built,” Tim said.
Focus Farm facilitator Matt Harms has enjoyed watching Tim and Grit develop
the farm business.
“What we have seen is Tim and Grit understand their business and understand
which direction to take their business, particularly in terms of stocking rate, produc-
tion system, grain feeding levels, young stock numbers and young stock manage-
ment,” he said.
Matt said hump and hollow work that was started before the Focus Farm period
had allowed Tim and Grit to change the way they approach farm management.
“That has turned that farm from being one of the wettest in the area into being
a lot more manageable, which has allowed them to manage pasture better and has
allowed their stocking rate to
be managed much more eas-
ily,” he said.
coordinator Tony Platt said
the Cashin Focus Farm was
a good example of what can
be achieved through a strong
support group and a receptive
“I think the strong inter-
est we have had in this Focus
Farm reflects the potential
people see for Tim and Grit’s
business and the satisfaction
in helping them make large
strides forward,” he said.
“GippsDairy would like
to thank Tim and Grit for be-
ing such an open and giving
couple during the whole Fo-
cus Farm experience.”
Field days for the next
round of Focus Farms will be
Open house: Tim and Grit Cashin have
developed their dairy business during
their two years as Focus Farmers.
THE South Gippsland Jer-
sey Club held its annual
general meeting at the Le-
ongatha RSL recently.
The highlight of the night was Co-
lin Dowel from Inverell Jerseys and his
presentation on his recent tour of farms
and factories in China with Burra Foods
and members of Dairy Australia.
The club thanked all outgoing posi-
tions, in particular Aaron Thomas who
had been president for three years and
is now taking on a role with the UDV.
A new committee was elected,
including Darien Matthews as presi-
dent, Callum Moscript as senior vice
president, Brian Launder as junior vice
president, and Cheryl and Alan Laun-
der as secretary.
Wayne Kuhne is treasurer and Tan-
ya Privitera is public relations officer.
“Our most successful event for
the year is always our on farm chal-
lenge. This is where a judge travels to
each farm and judges the cows in their
working clothes,” Ms Privitera said.
“The points are tallied and winners
announced at a presentation evening.
From there, the age champions go on
to compete in the Great Southern Chal-
lenge judged across four states against
the best cows in their respective ages.”
Last year the jersey club had 188
cows entered from 22 herds.
“This year our dates have been set,
judging will take place October 24, 25
and 26,” Ms Privitera said.
“We are honoured to have two
judges from New Zealand for our on
farm challenge, Lloyd Wilson from
Denson Dale Jerseys and Tony Luckin
from Leithlea Jerseys.
“The presentation evening will be
October 27 at the Meeniyan football
In May, the club hosted its first
heifer tour around the Yarram area.
“Thanks to the Mumford fam-
ily, Kelvin Trotman, Warren Lace and
Trent Crawford for taking time out of
their busy schedules to get some heif-
ers out for us to all admire,” Ms Priv-
“It was also the day the well publi-
cised #dairyincrisis was brought to our
attention so we all had some lengthy
discussions about the dire situation.
“This heifer tour will be an annual
event as it was so popular.”
The club welcomes any new mem-
bers. Contact Ms Privitera at tanya_
email@example.com if you would like
to know more.
Day out: members of the South Gippsland Jersey Club held a
heifer tour around Yarram in May. Here the club checks out the
Mumford jersey herd.
ready for spring
Farmers focus on
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