2021 SA Dairy Award Winners
The South Australian Dairyfarmers’ Association (SADA) has recognised several outstanding members of the industry at SA dairy’s night of nights.
Bool Lagoon’s Andrew Cavill, Jamie Nietschke from Moppa and Meningie’s Timothy Wright were named SADA-sponsored award winners at the South Australian Dairy Awards 2021 at Adelaide Oval on August 25, an event where SADA was the premier partner.
Best Relationship with a Processor – Andrew Cavill
Andrew has spent most of his life in the dairy industry. He has developed an appreciation of the relationship between farmers and the processors and has made a point of understanding the processor side of the business. When asked about the needs of communication between farmers and processors he simply said: “By the time that you’re reaching for your contract, it’s already too late.”
Most Innovative Farmer – Jamie Nietschke
Jamie’s farm in the Barossa Valley is continuing to grow, with innovative practices being implemented on the farm increasing confidence to expand the dairy operation. From cow collars that monitor activity levels and rumination to heat monitoring systems for early heat detection in the herd, there are numerous examples of how innovative practices on the farm are helping their business.
Best Young Farmer – Timothy Wright
Tim manages the day-to-day operations of Majesta and Greendale, a 1440ha dairy operation with 350 milking cows, 300 replacements and 25 bulls. The management of the dairy, overseeing and the rostering four fellow workers, milking, feeding, maintenance of farm infrastructure and breeding have all become Tim’s tasks over the last few years. He has handled all these new responsibilities with maturity and skill. On top of his regular duties, Tim is always keen to participate in discussion groups and learning opportunities before applying farm management philosophies and technical abilities to continue to build and develop. He is always preparing for a future in dairy farming which is sustainable and acceptable to the consumer.
Quotes attributable to John Hunt, SA Dairyfarmers’ Association President
“What’s happening in South Australia’s dairy industry is very exciting and these award winners clearly represent that.”
“Whether it’s improving relations between farmers and processors or implementing cutting edge technology to improve operations, our producers are doing amazing work.”
“My sincere congratulations to our award winners and to everyone else recognised on the night.”