Hay & Silage
FROM food for tables to food for stables, the Dieckmann family has grown it all.
Since the 1890s, the Dieckmann family has farmed their land at Kalbar in the Scenic Rim region of South East Queensland.
Originally running dairy cattle before turning for many years to vegetable crops, the 200 acre farm has been producing lucerne hay – and using iconic red Case IH equipment - for as many years as current owner Trevor Dieckmann can remember.
“It’s always been hay since I was a kid in the early 60s; I remember driving the big red tractor and baling hay at night,” Mr Dieckmann said.
“Although this used to be a big area for vegetable growing; at one time the region produced one third of Queensland’s potato crop and had dedicated ‘potato trains’ that were so full they had to back out of the station first to build up speed to get out of Kalbar.”
Like many of the farms in the region, the Dieckmann farm turned to lucerne hay as the crop of choice, which they sell through their business, Kalbar Lucerne, for several reasons.
The first is the development of a thriving equine industry in the area, the second is the soil, which is perfect for lucerne, and the third the climate - the Scenic Rim region is one of the few areas in the world where farming can be maintained 12 months of the year.
The Dieckmanns are faithfully assisted in their busy, year-round baling schedule by their Case IH tractors which include a treasured old International 434.
THE LONG HAUL:Hay farmer Trevor Dieckmann’s family has been in the business since the 1890s.