More Than Milk

Chloe Brown

More than Milk shares the incredible stories of the farmers and industry professionals from the dairy industry. Showcasing the diversity, the challenges, the successes and the passion for all things dairy. read less
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Episode 48. PART 2 - Will Ryan
20-02-2024
Episode 48. PART 2 - Will Ryan
Will Ryan currently sharefarms alongside partner Kate in Lardner. But the path to get there certainly hasn’t been straight forward. In Part 1 of this incredible chat he shared how after finishing school, unsure of what he wanted to do, he returned home to his parent’s dairy farm, who had ridden on the coattails of capital gains. But just as he was about to finish his university degree, his world went into a spin with a cancer diagnosis for his father, followed by his sudden death and just like many other family farms, succession hadn’t been discussed. He also shared how he had was provided with an opportunity to work at Jelbart’s Dairy alongside Tim & manager Mike, managing Caldermeade & dealing with animal activists, and learn quickly how to look after the health of 2500 animals running around. It was all of this experience that lead him to manage Ellinbank Research Farm. In this conclusion, he shares how you get cows research ready and how you juggle plates. Giving a great insight into what Ellinbank does. He also openly shares how and why he made the move to become a sharefarmer, using all of the skills he’s learnt along the way to run a very successful farming business and share what the future might hold.  In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.
Episode 48. PART 1 - Will Ryan
12-02-2024
Episode 48. PART 1 - Will Ryan
Will currently sharefarms alongside partner Kate in Lardner… but the path to get there certainly hasn’t been straight forward. And as you will notice this is only part 1 of this incredible chat, because it’s a big one - so after finishing school, unsure of what he wanted to do, Will returned home to his parent’s dairy farm who had ridden on the coattails of capital gains. But just as he was about to finish his university degree, his world went into a spin with a cancer diagnosis for his father, followed by his sudden death and just like many other family farms, succession hadn’t been discussed. So in this incredible first half of the chat, Will shares how he felt after the loss of his family farm, how he had was provided with an opportunity to work at Jelbart’s Dairy alongside Tim & manager Mike, managing Caldermeade & dealing with animal activists, and learn quickly how to look after the health of 2500 animals running around.  There is so much still to this story, so next week for Part 2 includes what it’s like to  manage Ellinbank Research Facility, having cows research ready at all times, how he made the move to sharefarming and what's next… you really won’t want to miss it!  In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.  PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY CREAM OF THE CROP  Cream of the Crop is a two day conference, providing an opportunity for women in the dairy industry to come together to learn, connect and grow. Recognising the contribution, regardless of their role, they make to the industry and their wider community. Save the Date for the 30-31st of July. More details are coming soon, so keep an eye on Instagram  or Facebook   or check it out on the Website
Episode 47. Alanah Moore
06-02-2024
Episode 47. Alanah Moore
Alanah Moore is an energetic 21 year old who has fallen head over heels for dairy. Working part time on 2 farms in West Gippsland, she is excited by what dairy can bring her into the future. In this chat we cover, how and why she came into dairy, what the day to day looks like working on 2 seperate farms, her desire to continue to learn and be ready for future steps within the industry… and I also try to have her settle the debate which is the best cow, jersey or friesian - who wins??? You'll just have to listen  In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY CREAM OF THE CROP  Cream of the Crop is a two day conference, providing an opportunity for women in the dairy industry to come together to learn, connect and grow. Recognising the contribution, regardless of their role, they make to the industry and their wider community. Save the Date for the 30-31st of July. More details are coming soon, so keep an eye on Instagram  or Facebook   or check it out on the Website  If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.
Episode 44. Tania Luckin
14-01-2024
Episode 44. Tania Luckin
Tania Luckin and husband Stephen moved from New Zealand to Australia 26 years ago, and whilst Stephen was from a farming background, Tania had NO dairy experience. But as you will hear, she has thoroughly enjoyed learning and working alongside Stephen and certainly has had a wonderful career in dairy.  In today’s chat she shares the experience of moving to Australia and learning a whole new industry, how they have managed their staff with an emphasis on getting the 3R’s right, her involvement within industry on representative boards for the last 22 years, with the last 6 years spent on the Dairy Australia Board. This chat was recorded late last year and since then, Tania’s term has finished, with some other wonderful new farmer representatives stepping up.  I think you will really love the great pieces of advice and insights she gives into being involved with industry and using your voice for the better of the industry - I certainly have taken so much away from this chat.  In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.
Episode 43. Klaudia Douglas
21-12-2023
Episode 43. Klaudia Douglas
Klaudia Douglas fell into a career in dairy, with an opportunity from Kevin & Brodie Game that was simply to good to refuse after finishing school & losing her licence. She began feeding calves and helping with the occasional milking, but has since started to take on more roles and responsibilities. You can certainly hear the excitement Klaudia now has for dairy, finding a passion for her cows and calves and the potential for her future. If you haven’t listened to Brodie’s episode, Listen here  it will give you some context on the farm and Klaudia’s role - and it also becomes obvious to see where she gets her passion from.  This is the last epsiode of the podcast for 2023, and am planning to have a few weeks off over the holiday season. But wanted to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Although the cows will still be getting milked on Christmas Day, I hope you are able to spend some quality time with your loved ones and enjoy some rest over the break.  In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.
Episode 42. Brodie Game
18-12-2023
Episode 42. Brodie Game
Brodie Game believes hard work will beat talent every single time, but I think she has plenty of both. As first generation farmers, she and husband Kevin were determined to fight for their dream of being dairy farmers and they certainly have had a number of setbacks along the way.  With limited financial options, dry seasonal conditions, a fire wiping out a large portion of their land and some very HIGH stress situations, it’s no surprise they both considered giving it all up.  But its communication, networking and relationships have really driven the success of their business, with onlookers offering the opportunity to lease a farm and the financial backing for purchasing cows along with being a focus farm with Dairy NSW which has seen them continue on and to help them reach their farming goals.  Brodie is incredibly open and honest in this chat, sharing that at times she and Kev were both not ok mentally, but thankfully were able to get some support and now knows everyone has a mental health toolbox in their heads, sometimes you just need help to find the key, to fill it with the right tools and to keep them serviced just like you would any other piece of machinery on the farm.  This is a really brilliant chat, but just as a reminder if you are in need of some mental health support, to help find those keys, add some more tools in or to keep them sharpened - please reach out! There are a number of services available all across the different regions, or online so please get help if you need it.  If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.  In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Episode 38. Sallie Jones
20-11-2023
Episode 38. Sallie Jones
Sallie Jones is the co-creator of Gippsland Jersey, who alongside farmer Steve Reynolds started the milk brand in 2016, shortly after the milk price crash and the death of her father to suicide. Growing up, Sallie’s father was an early adopter of value adding to his farming business, producing ice cream and selling it in a store in Lakes Entrance, and building a processing factory on his farm right next to the dairy, and it’s his legacy that Sallie continues today. Knowing he would be incredibly proud of the work she has put into getting the factory he built, geting it up and running which is now producing milk, butter and cultured sour creams that is in around 180 big supermarkets, 80 independents and used by some of Melbourne’s best restaurants. But for her, the growth & success of the brand is more than just about the business, it’s about giving back to the Gippsland community and the strong values around kindness, mental health awareness, and ensuring their farmers are paid a fair price.  In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.
Episode 37. René Dedoncker
13-11-2023
Episode 37. René Dedoncker
René Dedoncker joined Fonterra 18 years ago, beginning in food service and bringing skills in international trade to lead a team, growing and connecting chef’s from across the world to innovate products, solve problems and better utilize dairy in their restaurants. But in 2016 he moved into the Managing Director role for the Australian business, just after the decision was made to step down the milk price, with complexities and consequences he didn’t fully grasp at the time.  Since then he has been working alongside his leadership team  to rebuild the business, knowing nothing was going to change the impacts or memories felt by farmers at the time, but if he could remain consistent, build confidence then maybe trust would follow. In today’s chat he shares how he began to rebuild the business, gain confidence from the New Zealand board, innovate for the future and their plans to grow 2-3% yearly.  In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.   If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.
Episode 36. Renae Connell
06-11-2023
Episode 36. Renae Connell
Renae Connell and husband Scott both came from dairy farming families and were very young when they decided to go into partnership with her in-laws, purchasing the farm, in Dorrigo NSW, via vendor finance with Scott’s parents still owning the machinery and the cows. Initially to complete the succession plan Renae & Scott would buy the calves and machinery after 5 years to transition the business completely, but that's not quite how the plan worked.  After the 9th year without any further developments Scott and Renae hit rock bottom, with the realization no-one was happy, knowing they needed to have a conversation but never actually having it - Renae was angry and Scott was really struggling with his mental health. Just a heads up we do discuss suicidal thoughts, but it was the breaking point that eventually lead to them to finally take over the business.  Add to that a very wet year and a serious injury, Reane has since completely changed her perspective on life, knowing they’ve come close to not being here, so want to be the best they can possibly be, doing what they love with healthy and happy cows and people!  In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.   If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.
Episode 35. Michael Armstrong
30-10-2023
Episode 35. Michael Armstrong
Michael Armstrong farms in Korumburra, where he has been share farming for the last 18 years and is currently milking 900 cows on a 50/50 share. Although it hasn’t been easy, the asset growth they’ve seen has certainly allowed them to build their dairy farming business. They have recently purchased their own farm, and built a new herringbone dairy where they milk another 400 cows, but has the capacity to double that.  Throughout this chat he gives great insight into how they’ve set their share farming agreement up, how they’ve grown the business, used export heifers to fund their land purchase, how they rear every calf that’s born and manage the wet pastures of South Gippsland. He also shares very openly his financial drivers and the luck they've experienced previously with a good milk price and high profit export markets that has seen them grow to the position they are in today.  In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.
Episode 34. Glenys Zucco
23-10-2023
Episode 34. Glenys Zucco
Glenys Zucco is the Head of Marketing at Dairy Australia, a job for her that is more than just a job, it's part of her identity. She grow up on a dairy farm and studied nutrition dietetics and health promotion at uni, loving the role food plays in sports performance and overall health. In the early days at DA she was helping to rebut incorrect claims and promote the nutritional benefits of dairy products, but her role has since evolved into marketing and leading a team around her to not only promote dairy to our consumers and attracting workers onto farm but to also maintain the level of trust of australian dairy farmers to the general public.  In this episode of the podcast, she shares some of the Dairy Australia marketing strategy, the various programs and platforms created to educate, encourage and celebrate dairy as a career path and to help maintain our social licence to farm.  If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.  In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Episode 33. June Tarlinton
16-10-2023
Episode 33. June Tarlinton
June Tarlinton spent her childhood as a timber cutter, living in the bush from the age of 9 traveling down the NSW coast clearing trees as they went before ending up at Wandella, when she was 16. It was there she met Richard, her now husband, who was a local dairy farmer. And it’s Cobargo that she’s called home for the last 40 years.  The original farm milked 80-100 cows with a mixed herd and a low flow creek running through it, so after they were married June wasn’t needed physically to work on the farm, so she returned to cutting timber and working in town. And it wasn’t until after Richard’s father died that June began working on the farm on a very limited income.  Unfortunately succession discussions weren’t had for a number of years and the farm was run on a very tight budget with limited infrastructure upgrades, which were all controlled by Fran, June’s mother in law. A few years before Fran’s death, the succession process was finalized and discussion was had between June and Richard around the direction of the farm. And the decision was made to upgrade the farm and increase the herd, making plans around their own future and bringing their youngest daughter Megan and husband James into the business as sharefarmers.  But the hardest battle was to come, with the 2019 bushfires ripping through the farm and the local community. Although they saved the cows, they had no power for 32 days and couldn’t have milk picked up for 10-11 days and the impacts are still being felt both on farm and within the local community all these years later.  In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.
Episode 32. Joe Meggetto
09-10-2023
Episode 32. Joe Meggetto
Joe Meggetto farms in Warragul, where he purchased his farm in 1991, before combining with his father, down the road in 1994. And for the last 26 years worked alongside his father Mario until his sudden death last year. Throughout those years he has taken every opportunity as it presented to purchase land and expand the business, working with the very simple farming philosophy, to make milk as cheaply as possible concentrating on animal welfare, soil health and the environment and waiting to upgrade infrastructure, to do it right the first time. But he hasn’t always loved dairy, and in this chat he openly shares how he would regularly cry in the tractor and quietly struggled for a long time, at one point carrying a bullet around in his pocket. So just a heads up, he does openly share his thoughts of suicide and the struggles he has had with his mental health. But also shares his new passion for talking to and helping other farmers with their struggles and the positive change to his mental health since talking to his GP and openly sharing his journey in the inaugural Gippsland Jersey, Mental Health Calendar in 2018.  It’s a bit of a long chat, but so worth it and I feel incredibly privileged to bring it to and would encourage you, if you are struggling with your mental health, to chat with someone you trust, seek help from a GP or a mental health professional and get some help. Joe also gives some really great practical tips throughout the chat In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.
Episode 30. Chris Petzel
26-09-2023
Episode 30. Chris Petzel
Chris is a Senior lecturer at Charles Sturt University based in Wagga Wagga, teaching in the veterinary science degree as well as animal production subjects. But before becoming an academic, he first became a vet, hoping it would help him ultimately become a sheep farmer. His first job was in Corowa, in mixed practice which was his first exposure to the dairy industry and it wasn’t until he was overseas working in the UK and eventually Ireland that he became a dairy vet. When he eventually returned to Australia he spent time as a District Vet, before undertaking his Masters and eventually moving into academia, where he is sharing his knowledge and years of experience to help shape the vets of the future.  In this chat he shares how he never planned any of his career moves, but wouldn't change any of it. And how it's the passionate people along his path that have helped shape him, allowing him to share that passionate with his students.  In the spirit of reconciliation we would like to acknowlegde the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  If you know someone who you think would be great on the podcast, or you would like to share your story, please get in touch by sending an email to podcast.morethanmilk@gmail.com or stay connected by following us on Instagram or Facebook and send us a message - I'd love to hear from you.