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Kyabram Free Press - - WEDNESDAY EXTRA -

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.

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