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LONG Street Family Medicine con-
ducted another successful day at VLE
Leongatha saleyards last Thursday; the
second visit by the group.
As well as conducting a Q Fever clinic for vacci-
nations on site, farmers were also offered free men’s
Showbags containing information about a range
of men’s health issues such as depression, smoking,
cancer risks, blood pressure and stroke were also
handed out. These showbags included coverage of
women’s health issues as well.
Practice manager Katrina Benson said while it
took a lot of resources to have a presence at the VLE
market it was well worth it.
“Rather than stay in the clinic and wait for pa-
tients, it is great to be able to go out to farming com-
munity and talk directly with them about a range of
issues,” Mrs Benson said.
There will be a third visit by the clinic later in
Q Fever is an infectious disease that can cause
severe illness in some people.
People usually get Q Fever from farm animals
and people who work with animals such as cattle,
sheep and goats are most at risk.
Everyone at risk should have a test to see if they are
protected from the disease which is prevalent not only
in the northern half of Australia but in Victoria too.
For more information visit the Q Fever website
www.qfever.org or speak to your doctor.
Health checks well received
Serving the farmers: from left, taking advantage of the free health checks was farmer Roy
Franklin, left, with Dr Fred Edwards of Long Street Family Medicine and receptionist Heidi
Johnston at VLE Leongatha last Thursday.
Health check: having his blood pressure checked by registered nurse Corinne Kelly was
farmer Robert Gray of Mardan at VLE Leongatha last Thursday.
THE Elders livestock and real estate team
has conducted a very successful clearing
sale at the Arawata property on October
14 owned by Janet Arrott-Watt.
Having been in the Arrott-Watt family for de-
cades, the property has more recently been farmed
by Andrew (now deceased), his wife Janet and two
children Tom and Steph.
Producing quality vealer calves and fattening
steers and heifers, agent Michael Foote who has a long
standing association with the family has remarked on
the farms ability to turn off outstanding cattle.
The property has recently been sold by Elders
and all items of machinery plus farm equipment were
offered for sale.
A host of antique tools and items that have been
stored in the shed, also created huge amount of interest.
All though parking was a bit restricted, 184 buy-
ers registered to bid. Some items of note were a John
Deere 1850 four wheel driver tractor sold for $9800,
an eight foot hydraulic grader blade for $3700 and a
Munro post driver for $9800.
Other items of interest were a one metre anvil
for $2000, blacksmith’s swage block for $1000,
and a Swallow Gadabout scooter, for restoration, at
End of era: celebrating the success of the clearing sale at the Arrott-Watt property at Ara-
wata were, from left, Elders auctioneer Rohan McRae, Steph Arrott-Watt, Janet Arrott-Watt,
auctioneer Alex Dixon and livestock agent Michael Foote.
success at Arawata
WHEN you live on a dairy
farm located adjacent to
one of Australia’s busi-
est tourist roads, you can
either complain about the
noise or make the most of
the passing traffic.
Bass farmer Kaye Courtney
could always see the potential
customer base that went right
past the front door of her family’s
dairy farm on the South Gippsland
Highway near Phillip Island, but
it wasn’t until she fell in love with
cheese-making that she was able
to take advantage of it.
“To be truthful, it was the
noisiest dairy farm that I’ve ever
been on. They are usually such
peaceful places, but when I first
got here in 2006 they were doing
road duplication and we were un-
der the helicopter flight path for
Bass Strait,” she said.
“But that has turned around
to our benefit, because we front
such a busy tourist route, the traf-
fic can come right in.”
And come right in they do.
From a hobby that Kaye
hoped would earn enough to re-
place her time on the dairy farm,
Bassine Specialty Cheeses has
grown into a small business suc-
cess story that is value-adding to
the local economy.
Milk produced by Kaye’s
partner, second generation dairy
farmer Glen Bisognin and his son
Luke, is used to produce a variety
of soft cheeses, creams and even
their own brand of milk.
Much of their trade is based
around the tourist traffic passing
through the tiny town of Bass.
With a herd size of only 150
cows – down by 50 because of
last season’s dry conditions – the
farm is smaller than the average
dairy business. But what they lack
in quantity of milk, they make up
for in quality.
Kaye, 57, believed their Frie-
sian herd produces milk that is
intrinsic to the cheese making
“It’s extremely important. The
milk is make-or-break from a cheese
quality point of view,” she said.
“Luke is doing a really good
job producing high quality milk
and that quality really comes
through in the cheese.
“We also bottle some of our
own milk here and once people
have tasted it, they are hooked.
“We handle the milk as gently
as possible. We only pasteurise, we
don’t homogenise, which leaves an
old fashioned type of milk where
the cream rises to the top.”
Kaye’s passion for cheese
started when she was gifted a
cheese-making course in 2002.
Starting as a hobby to be shared
with family and friends, it mor-
phed into the current thriving
business about five years ago.
While Bassine Specialty
Cheese is now making money and
is an important part of the farm fi-
nances, it’s the love of cheese that
drives the business, rather than a
desire for profits.
“There’s a lot of art to it and
there’s a lot of science behind it
as well,” Kaye said.
“It’s also a very nurturing
job, you are looking after what
the cheese-makers call their little
babies. We look after them and
we nurture them along, which is
what is so rewarding about it.
“The more love and attention
you give the cheese, the better the
Kaye’s cheese adds dairy value
Hobby turned business: Kaye Courtney with her Bassine
Speciality Cheese range on the family dairy farm at Bass.
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