Still milking in Sydney Basin

Still milking in Sydney Basin

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Gavin and Karina Moore at home on their Glenmore operation in the Sydney basin, where they milk Holstein cows and produce more than 1.8 million litres of milk a year.

Gavin and Karina Moore at home on their Glenmore operation in the Sydney basin, where they milk Holstein cows and produce more than 1.8 million litres of milk a year.

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The Moore family, who are finalists for the NSW Farmer of the Year, have a rich farming history that stretches back to the wool pioneering days of the Macarthur family.

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Their rich farming history stretches back to the wool pioneering days of the Macarthur family.

But the Moore family’s decision to shift into dairying at the turn of the 20th century proved fruitful, laying the foundations for a farming dynasty.

This dedication to the industry through innovation and education has earned Gavin and Karina Moore a finalist for the NSW Farmer of the Year.

Now in its 15th year, the award remains a great opportunity to recognise the state’s rural champions and demonstrates excellence in farming from diverse farming operations.

For 112 years the Moore family, who run their operation at Glenmore in the Sydney basin, were Dairy Farmers suppliers until 2014 when they shifted their supply to Country Valley Milk.

They now milk on average 220 registered Holsteins, produce around 1.8 million litres a year. Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said in 2007 the Moore family built a new dairy complex, complete with computer operated milking machines, rapid exit stall gates and a herringbone pit with a viewing platform, which was designed to host tour and school groups. 

The viewing platform.

The viewing platform.

“Since 2007 they have hosted more than 25,000 school children from preschool to Year 12 and have showcased the dairy to 1000 overseas visitors a year,” Mr Blair said.

Mr Moore said they opened up their farm for tourism because it provided them he opportunity to showcase what they do to a broader community.

“We aim to raise awareness of what agriculture is still in the Sydney Basin, let people experience a real working farm, let them get hands on and understand what the dairy industry does and faces,” Mr Moore said.

“Karina and I believe that to change the view of the next generation and break the cycle of 'everything comes off a supermarket shelf' is a powerful tool to maintaining that agriculture is seen by the public as a resource and not just to be taken for granted.”

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NSW Farmers’ president James Jackson said the calibre of nominations continued to impress and this year’s crop of applicants represented farmers from across the state. 

“The award is a chance to identify outstanding farmers by focusing on the entrants’ agricultural management skills, use of innovation, profitability, environmental sustainability and community involvement,” Mr Jackson said.

“We are proud to celebrate the achievements of NSW’s primary producers,” he said.

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