TG2: Cows, courage and collaboration (with Gippsland Jersey)
In our first ever interview, we speak to Steve Ronalds and Sallie Jones, the co-founders of Gippsland Jersey. We discuss the genesis of a new and more resilient dairy business model, founded in the wake of the 2016 dairy crisis, the risks of farming start-ups, and the wealth of opportunities that still exist across Gippsland.
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Stuff we talked about in this episode:
For background on the 2016 dairy crisis, watch Waleed Aly’s summary of the crisis on The Project.
The ABC also published an excellent explainer on why the bubble burst and what it means for milk in supermarkets.
Sallie was also involved in founding the Warragul Farmers Market, which became a centre of gravity for community engagement and activism in support of dairy farmers during the 2016 crisis.
The most tragic consequences of the crisis, and of rural hardship more broadly, is the human cost of suicide which devastates rural families and communities. Check out the Ripple Effect and find out how you can help beat rural suicide.
Check out Steve's Virtual Farming experience on YouTube.
Oh and remember that time when Costa Georgiadis took a Gippsland Jersey milk bath?