King Island is famous for its high quality specialty cheeses and that means consistent milk quality from the 16 dairy farms on the island is critically important.

Dairy Focus recently presented a Countdown Cups-On Cups-Off course on the island, supported by National Foods, Dairy Australia and Skills Institute Tasmania. There was a great turn-out for the course, which covers the whole milking process with special emphasis on mastitis prevention and control.

We have a group of clients on King Island, so Rod & Rob were able to carry out some Mastitis Risk Assessments, catch-up with existing clients and do some milking machine tests.

Sharing travel & accommodation costs between clients kept costs to a minimum for these farms.

Rod also had the chance to visit the wreck of the “Shannon”, a wooden paddle-steamer that was once the pride of the Murray River.

Whilst attempting to cross Bass Strait, a wild storm forced the skipper to beach the paddle-steamer on King Island – the skipper was Captain Henry Johnson, Rod’s great grandfather.

We are just glad Rod has stuck to mastitis consultancy!

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