Punching above their weight
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.