Harlock and Officer join the dairy honour board

Contributor: Western Victorian Dairy Industry Honour Board inductee Lew Officer, formerly with Rural Finance at Warrnambool, with Katie O'Toole from Fonterra at the Great South West Dairy Awards.
Contributor: Western Victorian Dairy Industry Honour Board inductee Lew Officer, formerly with Rural Finance at Warrnambool, with Katie O'Toole from Fonterra at the Great South West Dairy Awards.

John Harlock and Lew Officer have been inducted on to the Western Victorian Dairy Industry Honour Board for their outstanding contributions to the regional dairy industry.

Honour: John Harlock, pictured with his wife Shirley, was also inducted on to the Honour Board.

Honour: John Harlock, pictured with his wife Shirley, was also inducted on to the Honour Board.

Mr Harlock was a strong advocate for the adoption of improved dairy farming practices and his work included time as chairman of the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme, Genetics Australia and Western Herd Improvement. 

Sustainable: Natural Resource and Sustainability Management Award winners Belinda and Robert Morrison from near Daylesford.

Sustainable: Natural Resource and Sustainability Management Award winners Belinda and Robert Morrison from near Daylesford.

His contributions include time as chairman of the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme, Genetics Australia and Western Herd Improvement and as a founding member of Datagene. 

Mr Officer worked with Rural Finance for 37 years in Warrnambool, during which he provided extensive support as a mentor to dairy farmers and the industry.

He helped established the Young Farmer Finance Scheme in the south-west that enabled many young people to own a farm.

Mr Officer also led the Rural Finance Scholarship Program that has an impressive alumni.

Robert and Belinda Morrison of Yandoit near Daylesford won the Natural Resources and Sustainability Award for their resource management practices including optimising feed and dairy production from different land and soil types while  being environmentally sustainable. 

Their management practices also included extensive protection of remnant native vegetation and  good nutrient management such as the utilisation of limited amounts of dairy wastes and irrigation water. 

The Young Farm Leader Award went to Liam Allen of Framlingham who has shared his dairy knowledge with other young farmers to help them get a start in the industry. 

The award for the best Farm Photo was won by Kirsty Robinson who captured the view of many farmers on a motorbike.

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