Organic Meadow Co-operative: Canada - Australia Exchange
June 16, 2011
Organic Meadow is pleased to announce an exchange program with True Organic, an organic dairy co-operative in Australia, marketing cheese, butter and fluid milk under similar philosophies to Organic Meadow. Rebecca Gell, a delegate from True Organic has been chosen and she will visit Organic Meadow farms June 20,2011 - July 20, 2011. One member from the Organic Meadow Co-operative will represent Organic Meadow in Australia for three weeks in December 2011. The delegate will stay on three different organic dairy farms for one week each
Hello my name is Rebecca Gell and I’m from Kyabram in Northern Victoria, where I grew up on a dairy farm. I am the Herd and Farm Manager on Terry and Pauline Hehir’s organic dairy farm at Wyuna. It is a 650-700 cow farm on 500 acres. I have been working there since 2004 starting as a calf rearer and general farm hand, working my way up to Herd manager and just recently moving into position of Farm manger.
I have a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne. I have completed numerous organic and biological workshops and courses. I am currently undertaking a Foundation of Homeopathy (animals) via correspondence.
I have previously travelled to the United Kingdom on a self funded study tour. I stayed with Nuffield Scholars and toured around farms in England and Wales. I was interested in the way they farmed, what animal husbandry issues they faced and was interested to see what techniques we may be able to implement or use on the farm here. I am excited to be chosen to come to Canada to further my learning experience.
I am involved with a local farmer biodynamic / organic discussion group, I am on the Local Activity committee for Young dairy Development Program in Northern Victoria, a member of Australian Women in Agriculture, and organic women’s group in Victoria. At times I have helped the new in-conversion members of the Organic Dairy Farmers Co- operative with information as they progress to certification.
I am passionate about organics and the dairy industry and I find it greatly rewarding being able to have a career in both areas. I am also passionate about animal health. Outside of farming I enjoy playing volleyball, table tennis, tennis, doing needle work, puzzles, cooking and spending time with family and friends.