>> From the past
40 years ago “SET yourself an ambition and work hard to achieve it.”
Working with that maxim in mind has taken one Kyabram dairy farmer into the state finals of the Commercial Dairy Herd of the Year Award.
Robert and Glenys Blamey of Everard Rd were announced last week as winners of the Goulburn Valley section of the State competition.
Robert strikes you as a man who is hard to please. Reaching one self-set goal doesn’t mean to Robert that he can sit back and relax.
Setting targets is the way that he has taken this herd average per cow to 57 pounds. His original goal was 55 pounds.
“Next year I’m trying to get six gallons per cow,” Robert said last week.
This is the Blameys’ fourth season in the Goulburn Valley after moving up here from Tyabb, on the Mornington Peninsula.
Rob believes in concentrated calving.
In three weeks last year 103 cows were inseminated with the aim of calving within one month. He eventually hopes to put all 108 cows to A1 in a period of three weeks.
20 years ago KYABRAM’S John Neale is the new chairman of the Campaspe Economic Development Board.
Mr Neale was elected at Monday night’s annual meeting to replace the chairman for the past year, Mr John Kenley from Echuca.
A former mayor of the town of Kyabram, Mr Neale has been on the board since its inception three years ago.
Mr Neale said there were a few interesting developments coming up.
He said the board was dedicated to covering the whole Campaspe Shire with its limited resources.
“The chief executive officer Neil Phillips is happy to help with the business plans, export information, grants for training and anything else in the board’s scope.”
Mr Neale said the board would soon relocate to the council offices in Echuca.
The board last week ran a successful business awards presentation night, with about 260 people attending. Mr Neale said board members were astounded with the quality of businesses in the area.