FRAMLINGHAM dairy farmer Renee Murphett has taken out the top spot in the Multimin Challenge, landing a years-worth of vitamin supplements for her calves and a trip to America.
After 12 intensive months on in-depth trace mineral trials conducted by seven farmers around Australia and their mentors, Ms Murphett garnered 50 per cent of the overall public votes which would see her take home the winning prize.
"It's very exciting, I wasn't expecting to win," she said.
"In the week leading up to another competitor sat one per cent ahead of me, there were 300 votes in the end between us.
"I'm so touched by the support of everyone who got online and voted."
As part of Renee's prize, Virbac Australia will be sending her on an overseas study tour tailored to her farming system, valued at more than $20,000, to learn more about best-practice dairy farming.
"The trip will be tailored around what we would like to see. There's quite a few dairy areas in America, so we'll have to do some research into what would suit us best," Renee said.
"Over there they have a farming system where they have cows in barns and not out grazing in the paddocks, which you don't see here.
"It's something my husband Alister and I have always wanted to do but never thought we'd be able to do until we retire.
"It's nicer to be able to do it when we're younger and still in the industry and to be able to put the ideas into practice."
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