Roger Peters and his daughter Edith farm 350 crossbred cows at Tallandoon in the Mitta Mitta Valley, in northeast Victoria, Australia. After cutting cow numbers, changing the herd mix, and eliminating synthetic fertilisers, they have seen encouraging results and increased profits.
This transformation began around 15 years ago when the Peters moved away from purebred Holsteins and introduced VikingRed and VikingJersey. The changes have solved the herd’s fertility and health issues and shown that sustainable farming can also be profitable.
While Roger oversees the operation and Edith manages the herd, the Peters also have a couple of helping hands: John Godde, who has worked at the farm for over 20 years, and Sam Gordon, a farm assistant who joined last October.
In the picture is farm assistant Sam Gordon.