Category: Farmers

Meet the Farmers: Gum Dark

Sometimes the stars align and the universe tells you you’re right where you’re supposed to be. That’s the way it is for dairy farmers Mike and Pam Mignanelli. Their lives have been punctuated by a series of coincidences that make it clear that fate has pushed them in the right direction. Mike and Pam are...
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Meet the Farmers: Verde Valley

Since Nick Mignanelli could walk, he’s been helping out on the family dairy farm at Hindmarsh Tiers. “I was always in the dairy from a very young age,” Nick explains. As tends to be the way with dairying families, it was very much all hands on deck for the Mignanelli’s, with Nick remembering being lovingly scolded...
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Meet the Farmers: Roslyn Amdena Jerseys

For Fleurieu Milk’s newest supplier Nick Brokenshire, the allure of life on the farm has always been intrinsically linked with family. “Obviously no day is typical, but usually we get up and milk the cows nice and early, 1 o’clock in the morning, and we like to be finished by about 6am,” he explains. “It’s...
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Meet the Farmers: Manna Farm

Like many farmers, for Ian Willcocks dairy farming is a family affair. Owner of Yankalilla’s Manna Farm alongside wife Nicki, Ian grew up on the 115-hectare property that he continues to farm today. “Dad bought the place in 1960 and I was born a year after that, so it’s always been a part of my...
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New Partnerships and A Big Thank You

The Australian dairy industry has experienced immense instability since the early 2000s, with overall production diminishing approximately 25% in the last ten years nationwide. Fleurieu Milk Company was borne out of this hardship back in 2004, after observing a rapidly declining farm gate price and the number of operating farms in Myponga reduced by 75%....
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Myponga “One of the Best” for Dairy Farming

When it comes to Australia’s best dairy farming regions, Fleurieu Milk co-director Geoff Hutchinson admits he’s biased. “There are pockets throughout the country, but I think the Fleurieu is generally one of the best,” he says. Myponga, located the Fleurieu Peninsula’s foothills, is home to the five local farmers that supply Fleurieu Milk with raw product. Uniquely...
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Meet the Farmers: Misty Brae

Misty Brae owners Gino and Mandy Pacitti start their day at 4.30am but always “aim to finish by 6pm, that way we get a bit of quality time to spend with family”. After all, family is at the heart of Misty Brae’s history and present-day operations, with Gino’s parents first farming a small property after...
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