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Final Awards Announced

Final Awards Announced

Image (supplied) - The Reid Family

Final Dairy Award Winners Announced

The final week of the online Great South West Dairy Awards has seen Matt and Alli Reid announced as winners of the prestigious Dairy Farm Business Management Award, with Phillip Harris and Christopher O’Keefe inducted on to the Western Victorian Dairy Industry Honour Board.

The Reid’s moved to their Carlisle River farm in 2003 and have since built the business up to 650ha, milking 700 Holstein and crossbred cows.

The judges were particularly impressed with Mr and Mrs Reid’s vision to be an ‘employer of choice’ and their focus on creating a workplace culture that ‘allows people to be who they want to be’, along with their sustainable business system centred on the three pillars of Planet, People and Profit.

“Winning this award is less about the recognition from our peers or the wider community and more about reward for our team, for them to know we are doing our best not only in business management but people and safety management too" Mrs Reid said:

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Josh and Lilli Philp, Garvoc were revealed as the Fonterra Australia sponsored runners-up in the category.

Mr Harris from Larpent and Mr O’Keefe, Warrnambool were inducted to The Western Victorian Dairy Industry Honour Board following their outstanding contribution to the dairy industry over many years.

Mr Harris has had a huge impact on the Colac district dairy industry and more broadly across the south-west, he has always been a modern and progressive dairy farmer, who has willingly shared his knowledge.

His ability to encourage others to develop their skills and expertise has created a launching pad for many, providing young farmers with support as they have established themselves in their own careers.

Along with building a successful dairy farm business at Winslow, Mr O’Keefe has also served the dairy community through a 40-year involvement with United Dairyfarmers of Victoria.

“I feel it a great honour and privilege to be inducted onto the Honour Board, beside the great legends that have preceded me,” said Mr O’Keefe.

WestVic Dairy’s Regional Manager, Lindsay Ferguson is happy with how the digital format for the Awards was received.

“I would like to thank everyone who has made this event possible, particularly our great sponsors, finalists, judges and all those that took the time to apply or nominate.

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