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Free 'E waste' service for valley residents
ICONIC LOCAL DAIRY TEAMS WITH ROSEWORTHY’S VETERINARY STUDENTS
AUNIQUE partnership be-
tween Adelaide University
and a Korunye-based dairy
farm, believed to be the frst of its
kind in Australia, was offcially
opened last week and will train
veterinary students of the future.
The family-owned and operated
dryland commercial feedlot dairy,
Bevan Park, situated just outside
Two Wells, milks more than 400
cows twice a day and has been
doing so for the past fve decades.
Operating under the Wirrabank
Holsteins stud, which has become
known for its high standard and
quality stock, manager Greg Wil-
son, along with wife Jeanine, dad
Brian, mum Bev and a team of
dedicated workers, have weathered
the many ups and downs of the
The opening of the Dairy Prac-
tice Teaching Unit in partnership
with Adelaide University’s ac-
claimed Roseworthy Agricultural
College, will see the Wilsons step
into a new frontier and at the same
time give veterinary students access
to a purpose–built facility and frst
hand access to working dairy cows.
University of Adelaide Vice-
Chancellor, Professor Warren
Bebbington, and dairy industry
representative, James Stacey, of-
fcially opened the new facility on
Wednesday, June 19.
Professor Bebbington said the
Australian dairy industry faced
signifcant challenges in the years
"There is no doubt that its future
proftability will rely on input from
well qualifed veterinarians and
animal scientists,” he said.
“The Dairy Practice Teaching
Unit brings together the best of
theoretical and practical educa-
tion in modern dairy management
and offers students a unique op-
portunity to learn from those at
the forefront of the industry on an
innovative working farm.
"Our graduates will have the
knowledge and practical skills
to contribute to the future health,
welfare and productivity of the
For Bevan Park manager, Greg
Wilson – whose daughter Grace is
the seventh generation to work at
the dairy -- the partnership was an
economic decision, and a hard one
at that to make -- but one he feels
works well for both parties.
"I think the attention to detail is
certainly increasing (and) treating
disease with new practices, new
methods, is something they've
brought us,” Greg said.
"Instead of us just treating ail-
ments they look a lot further into
the cause of those ailments, they
will dig deeper. They're putting
time and effort and research into
fnding the next thing.
"Maybe the biggest things we
might not see until a few more years
(but) I learn something from them
every day and they learn a lot more
of the practical side of things too.”
The teaching unit incorporates
a tutorial room, a holding yard, a
foot-care area, an examination area,
a linear race with three crushes
and cattle weighing scales as well
as wash-up facilities and storage
Adelaide University Head of the
School of Animal and Veterinary
Sciences, professor Kym Abbott
also attended the opening and said
the teaching of dairy cattle practice
is a signifcant component of the
veterinary and animal science
“This facility is an important
learning resource and gives our
animal and veterinary science
students the opportunity to learn
in small groups so they can master
the skills essential for modern dairy
practice,” Professor Abbott said.
"Having the unit integrated
into a working dairy farm means
students will be able to develop
their knowledge and skills within
the overall context of a commercial
And that's something the Wil-
sons are keenly aware of, their
dairy is their lives, their fnancial
security, their history, but for them it
all comes down to one thing – milk.
As Greg says, “the core of our
business is making milk”.
So next time you are out shop-
ping why not grab a Pura Milk,
a Farmer’s Union Iced Coffee or
Dare and in doing so you will be
supporting the Wilsons and other
dairy farmers across the country.
and teaching stars
align to create ...
INSPECTING dairy cows are, from left, Greg Wilson, Executive Dean of
Roseworthy Agricultural College Professor Iain Reid, Adelaide University Vice
Chancellor Professor Warren Bebbington and Brian Wilson.
ABOVE: Roseworthy College sixth year veterinarian students,
Kate Townsend and Melissa Ewens are relishing, the opportunity
to handle dairy cows onsite at a working dairy.
BELOW: The team at Bevan Park dairy are, from left, (back) Greg
Wilson, Sarah Teirney, Trudy Earl, Jeanine Wilson. Front: Ben
Harvey, Brenden Johansson and James Harvey.
CLARE and Gilbert Valleys Council resi-
dents can now safely recycle their electronic
waste without charge.
The council has entered into an agreement
with TechCollect, an e-waste recycling com-
pany under a program funded by the industry
and mandated by Federal parliament.
“Under the arrangement a large container
has been placed at Clare’s Bennys Hill Waste
Transfer Station which will be flled with col-
lected and approved e-waste by council staff
and then emptied and replaced as required,”
council’s development, infrastructure and en-
vironment manager, Grant McKenzie, said.
“There is no cost to council and the com-
munity, other than the logistical operation
of the site.
“Approved items can be dropped off free
of charge during normal opening times.”
Mr McKenzie said the recycling initiative
was different to the previous free television
collection programs, as it would be ongoing,
so residents could access the service when
it suited them.
Items of e-waste that can be dropped off
for recycling include unwanted computer
equipment, printers, scanners and televi-
sions, which will be recycled and used in
manufacturing new products instead of
going to landfll.
Drop off and recycling is free for the
general public and small business – it is the
owner's responsibility to delete any data
from devices to be recycled.
• Items NOT accepted through TechCol-
lect are game consoles, video recorders and
DVD players, whitegoods and household
appliances, power tools, radios, stereo equip-
ment and non-computer batteries.
AONE-day suicide prevention training course
will be held in Gawler next Monday, July 1.
The course will be conducted by Ms Coralanne
Walker,director of Community Response to Elimi-
nating Suicide (CORES). Cost is $45, which will
go directly to CORES. It will be held upstairs at
Café Nova in Murray Street, from 9am – 5pm,
with lunch provided.
The training day has been organised by Gawl-
er-based Liberal suicide prevention spokesman,
John Dawkins, MLC and Liberal candidate for
Light, Cosie Costa. Bookings and more details:
Mr Dawkins’ offce, phone 8237 9312 or via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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