Hay & Silage

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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