Leongatha South dairy farmer Kate Zuidema with once-a-day milker and GippsDairy deputy chair Lauren Finger at the Women in Dairy Discussion Group event at Leongatha.

Willow Grove once-a-day milker Veronica Penfold with dairy farmers Stef Gallagher from Welshpool and Paula Hughes from Inverloch.

Once-a-day milker Belinda Griffin (left) helped lead the discussion with GippsDairy regional extension officer Louise Sundermann.

GIPPSDAIRY’S Women in Dairy Discussion Group (South) had plenty to talk about at a recent once-a-day milking forum.
Held at the Leongatha Community House, the topic attracted people from South Gippsland and beyond, all of whom were clearly interested in the pros and cons of once-a-day milking.
GippsDairy workforce coordinator Leah Maslen said the discussion was informative and stimulating.
“The farmers who came along were clearly engaged in the subject, including some who had already started doing budget estimates to show how a change would affect their farm business,” she said.
“There were farmers who have had health problems and were looking at reducing their workload on farms and others who simply wanted to learn more about once-a-day systems.”
Special guest speaker was Belinda Griffin from Westbury who has just completed her first season of once-day-milking.
Lauren Finger from Yannathan and Veronica Penfold from Willow Grove also spoke about their experiences adapting to the new system and how it affected their lifestyles and finances.
“Our speakers were very open in sharing their once-a-day experience which was really appreciated by those who came along to learn more,” Leah said.
“Like all the Women in Dairy Discussion Group events we have held, it was a comfortable and supportive environment in which people could ask questions no matter what their level of farm knowledge.”
For more information on Women in Dairy Discussion Groups in your area, contact Leah on 5624 3900 or at leah@gippsdairy.com.au