EDDY, DOMENICA & NICK
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 Mignanellis, with Nick remembering being lovingly scolded by mum, Domenica.
“She said, ‘If you are going to stand there and do nothing you might as well put the bloody cups on!’”
Now aged 19, Nick is proud to be a third generation dairy farmer, as the son of Eddy and Domenica and the grandson of Carmine and Lydia.
Carmine was originally in partnership with his two brothers, who came out with their family from Montecasino, Italy, mid last century, to secure a better life in Australia.
The family settled in Hindmarsh Tiers, on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, about 10 kilometres from Victor Harbor on around 575 acres of farming land they called ‘Verde Valley’ where they are currently milking 134 cows.
The Mignanelli family are “proud as punch” to be supplying milk to Fleurieu Milk Company.