WHEN Yvonne and Allan Morrison purchased a 340 acre farm 40 years ago, the beautiful property was bare land with four paddocks and four dams.
Since then, the couple has developed the land on the Bass Highway near Inverloch, building a dairy, house, sheds and everything in between.
The property was recently sold to neighbour Ken Harris, who is also a dairy farmer.
The Morrisons said the sale had nothing to with the recent troubles in the dairy industry, but they were simply ‘getting too old’.
“We haven’t actually had any resistance to the sale of our cattle at all, in fact people have been very keen to buy,” Yvonne said.
“Dairy cattle are very hard to come by at the moment because so many are being sold to just have their heads cut off.”
Share farmers have managed the property for the past eight years after the Morrisons moved to a property on Duncans Road, where the couple will continue to farm beef cattle.
Looking back on their time as dairy farmers, Yvonne said they have enjoyed the lifestyle.
“We’ve raised both our kids here and we’ve been able to have our horses here and have a rural lifestyle.
“Both of our kids have ridden competitively on Australian teams, and it’s allowed us to do that, it’s been a really good lifestyle for us.
“The best thing about this place is the location, it’s the best location, so easy to find and we’ve set it out so it works well.
“The same with the dairy, it’s situated in the centre of the property. We’ve put a lot of money into drought proofing it and we’ve got a huge dam up there which kept us going all the way through this drought time, it makes a huge difference.
“When people go to buy this place, they’ve got the security of the water and a good layout.”
Friday’s clearing sale by Alex Scott and Staff was a chance to sell off the Morrison’s farm equipment, with Massey Fergusson and Deutz tractors, as well as much of Evelyn’s horse gear up for grabs.
Inverloch farm to continue as dairy