Fish poo to boost or­ganic pas­tures

Tasmanian Country - - CROSSWORD -

WASTE prod­ucts from a fish hatch­ery will be used to ir­ri­gate farm­land on a new dairy op­er­a­tion at Glen Huon.

Huon Aqua­cul­ture has joined forces with Bruny Is­land Cheese Com­pany to use waste from For­est Home Hatch­ery on pas­tures at the dairy farm.

Huon Aqua­cul­ture ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and co-founder Frances Ben­der said the farm­land For­est Home Hatch­ery sits on had been cer­ti­fied as or­ganic in con­ver­sion.

“This means waste prod­ucts from the hatch­ery can be used to ir­ri­gate the new dairy’s farm­land,’ Mrs Ben­der said.

“It will help pro­duce or­ganic-stan­dard fod­der for Glen Huon Dairy Com­pany’s rare breed cows.

“This col­lab­o­ra­tion is some­thing that we have worked to­wards for a while.”

Nick Had­dow, who started Bruny Is­land Cheese in 2003, said he was now re­al­is­ing a dream of pro­duc­ing his own milk on the 36ha farm site that will be home to 55 cows.

Glen Huon Farm was cer­ti­fied as or­ganic in con­ver­sion in May and Huon’s Aqua­cul­ture’s For­est Home farm­land in Septem­ber.

Pend­ing au­dits and spot checks, the land around the hatch­ery will cer­ti­fied as or­ganic at the end of Septem­ber 2019.

“I see our part­ner­ship with Huon Aqua­cul­ture as a pos­i­tive out­come and to re­vi­talise this farm as an or­gan­i­cally cer­ti­fied dairy farm is an ex­cit­ing step for us,” Mr Had­dow said.

“We started mak­ing cheese in 2003 by buy­ing milk from small dairy farm­ers in south­ern Tas­ma­nia. Four­teen years later, I am so ex­cited to now be pro­duc­ing our own milk and turn­ing it into our cheese.

“This is a mas­sive step for­ward for us and the re­al­i­sa­tion of a dream.”

Three rare breeds have been cho­sen for the dairy farm.

The dual-pur­pose breeds in­clude Aus­tralian Dairy Shorthorn, French breed Nor­mande and Brown Swiss.

All three breeds milk ideal cheese­mak­ers. pro­duce for

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