Meet our
Dairy Farmers


Tim & Shane run the family dairy farm – Gum Dark – on Pages Flat Road, at Myponga, milking around 140 Friesians all year round in their herringbone-style dairy. Gum Dark is a sister farm to Verde Valley at Hindmarsh Tiers, managed by cousin Nick. Both farms are owned by their grandparents – Carmine and Lydia Mignanelli. Before Carmine and Lydia went out on their own, Carmine was in a partnership with his two brothers. The Italian migrants made a new home on the Fleurieu, trying their hand as market gardeners in Hindmarsh Tiers before making the switch to dairy farming and purchasing additional land at Myponga.

Tim and Shane have a profound love for farm life, finding joy in the stunning views and picturesque landscapes of their Gum Dark farm. Tim shares, “Shane and I consider ourselves very fortunate to be located in Myponga, where our farm offers beautiful views of the Sellicks Hills and scattered Red Gums throughout the property”.

Shane began riding motorbikes on the farm at a young age and enjoys performing a trick or two. “You’ll often spot Shane on the farm riding motorbikes and loves showcasing his tricks; despite a few falls he has had no major injuries, and he always bounces back with a smile” says Tim.

Tim and Shane live on just over 150 acres on their Gum Dark farm, in a valley overlooked by “beautiful red gums dotted all around the property” says Tim.