The Doeckes have a fully registered Illawarra stud and mixed farming enterprise located at Murray Bridge and Meningie in South Australia. After supplying milk to traditional markets for 28 years, they have recently become NASSA accredited and now produce organic milk. Organic-based farming and drought conditions have created numerous challenges for the family operation, but they have met these challenges head-on to build a productive, sustainable, organic dairy farming business.
There has been no chemical usage on the properties for the last 3 years. The Doeckes have found it more cost effective to grow organic hay on the dryland areas, and to purchase organic grain from other certified growers. Sourcing organic feeds for a reasonable price is an on-going challenge.