Punch­ing above their weight

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BEAUDESERT — the 2017 Le­gendairy Cap­i­tal of the Sub­trop­i­cal re­gion — has 34 dairy farms, or 8 per cent of Queens­land’s to­tal, but with 47 mil­lion litres of milk per year, those farm­ers pro­duce 11 per cent of the state’s to­tal milk pro­duc­tion. “That shows how great our farm­ers are,” says Lisa Har­ri­son, a mem­ber of the lo­cal on­line Daugh­ters of Dairy Farm­ers group which is cel­e­brat­ing the town’s suc­cess. The Daugh­ters of Dairy Farm­ers was formed by Lisa, Rachel Ro­han and Jo Mollinger to raise aware­ness of the chal­lenges dairy farm­ers face and to en­cour­age con­sumers to buy branded milk. Their cam­paign to buy branded milk to sup­port farm­ers has struck a chord and helped to break­down stereo­types about farm­ers. Lisa said the new ti­tle has given dairy farm­ers and the com­mu­nity a lift. “Peo­ple are so ex­cited to have that recog­ni­tion,” Lisa said. “It adds to the town’s rep­u­ta­tion for agri­cul­ture and put us on the map.” With the 2017 Le­gendairy Cap­i­tal grant, life­size cutouts of cows will be cre­ated and pre­sented by farm­ers to busi­nesses and schools. The art­work will be launched at a Le­gendairy event this month.

Lisa Har­ri­son and Beaudesert dairy farm­ers cel­e­brate be­ing named the Sub­trop­i­cal Leg­endary Cap­i­tal.

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