Herd sold

Dal­larnil dairy farm­ers move to beef

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

THE sale of Con­rad and Kym Hether­ing­ton’s dairy herd at Dal­larnil was five years in the mak­ing.

The plan to close the dairy has taken five years, but Par­malat gave the cou­ple a good con­tract at the time, Mr Hether­ing­ton said.

They take great pride in their herd and had pre­pared the cat­tle well for the sale.

This paid div­i­dends, as in Mr Hether­ing­ton’s words, they had “a rip­per of a sale”.

“When it started get­ting cold we in­creased their grain in­take to keep them warm,” he said.

“The cat­tle were all shiny and had no scruffy hair.”

The 148 head sold to farm­ers from Mur­gon, Mt Lar­com, Gympie, Too­goolawah and lo­cally.

“We’ve kept about 40 heifers and we will pre­pare them for sale in July 2014,” he said.

Mr Hether­ing­ton said there was just the two of them work­ing as a team 12-14 hours a day, seven days a week, and none of their chil­dren were in­ter­ested in the dairy long-term.

“We kept the dairy open to make sure they left home,” he said.

Over the years the cou­ple have been build­ing up their beef num­bers.

But, Mr Hether­ing­ton said, their land in the Par­adise Dam area was badly af­fected in the floods.

“Degilbo Creek would have been 80 foot high. One of our diesel tanks has never been found,” he said.

“We have all the bound­ary fences re­paired, but still need to catch up on the in­te­rior ones.

The dairy farm was founded by great grand­fa­ther Christopher who won the Bris­bane Cup, a horse race car­ry­ing 900 pounds prize­money.

He paid cash for the prop­erty in 1915, but didn’t move to the area un­til the fol­low­ing year.

Down through the gen­er­a­tions came Her­bert, Harry and fi­nally Con­rad in 1981. He has 11 broth­ers and six sis­ters and has been milk­ing since he was nine.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

LOOK­ING AHEAD: Dal­larnil dairy­farm­ers Con­rad Hether­ing­ton and wife Kym had a rip­per sale.

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