Board Member Blythe
Running a 250-cow TMR dairy in the predominantly broadacre cropping region of Blyth with wife Ros and son Justin, the second-generation farmer remains positive about the future potential for dairying in his home region.
Utilising new technologies to improve profit and maximise efficiencies on-farm is a key driver for Mid North dairy farmer, especially those operating PMR and TMR systems– stand to benefit from keeping abreast of new research and developments, and being willing to incorporate new technology into existing dairy systems in order to have ‘all the tools in the toolbox’ to be more profitable.
He is also a firm believer in ensuring the collective dairy voice is heard at all levels of government, through open, clear communication and transparent engagement along the various pathways.
Growing interest from Asia and the Middle East in South Australian dairy products, he believes, can form the foundation for renewed growth in areas like the Barossa, Mid North, Fleurieu and Central region after a relatively dormant period. As a part of the SADA Board, Gary is keen to help farmers and processors alike build back up self-esteem and form a more positive outlook in order to capitalise on new market opportunities.
A former Golden North supplier, Gary now supplies the popular Farmer’s Own label, producing some 2 million litres annually with his registered Holstein herd. The family also crop grain for feed and sale, providing additional cashflow for the business with the view to being adaptable and resilient in a low rainfall region.
Prior to his involvement with SADA, Gary was an active Board member of the Barossa and Mid North Co-operative, including for its March for Milk campaign. He is also involved in Dairy Discussion Groups and represents SADA on both the DairySA Board and Australian Dairy Farmer’s Policy Advisory Group.