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Published: 25 Mar 2020


Congratulations to the three finalists in the 2020 ANZ Tasmanian Dairy Business of the Year Award. These finalists were selected from participants in the Tasmanian benchmarking program based on their Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) per hectare and their Return on Assets for the 2018-19 season.

Active Dairies Pty Ltd

Active Dairies Pty Ltd is owned by Grant and Kim Archer. They milk 1200 cows on their Mountain Vale Dairy at Bracknell. The farm is managed by Wayne French.

Grant’s farming philosophy is to:

  • Keep it simple
  • Have a system that suits the farm and cows that suit the system
  • Grow and use as much pasture as possible

Dalmore Dairy

Dalmore Dairy is owned by the Dalmore Group (a group of investors). 750 cows are milked on the farm at Dairy Plains. In the Award year the farm was being managed by Paul Loader but during the year management was transitioned to the current manager, Luke Davey-Baldock.

Animal welfare is the number one priority on the farm. This requires having a good team of skilled people. Luke works to ensure the team is happy and involved in training opportunities. This is part of the continuous improvement culture on the farm – always look for what can be done better and how to achieve it.

Rosemount Dairy

Rosemount Dairy is owned by an equity partnership between Rob and Jo Bradley and James and Sophie Greenacre. The dairy farm is located at Cressy and is managed by James Greenacre. 1250 cows are milked on the farm. The aim of the partners is to run a profitable business that is:

  • Sustainable for the environment
  • Sustainable for staff
  • Looks after the cows

The winner of the Award was scheduled to be revealed at the 2020 Dairy Awards dinner in March but this was postponed due to Covid-19. The 2020 ANZ Dairy Business of the Year Award winner will now be announced online on 15 April, 2020 at 12 noon. Join in for the online announcement and discussion at