Dallarnil dairy farmers move to beef
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.
LOOKING AHEAD: Dallarnil dairyfarmers Conrad Hetherington and wife Kym had a ripper sale.