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TAS Country : November 4th 2010
16 Friday, Novem On Farm Toiberry PADDOCK WITH A VIEW: There are 600 cows to milk in a fully automated dairy on Farming and technology is proving to be a successful combination at the Lindsay family's property Toiberry at Bishopsbourne WELL EQUIPPED: Colin Lindsay, left, with one of 11 irrigators in a poppy crop. BELOW: Tom Lindsay in front of a spray rig. Big, bo land THIS Karolin MacGregor COLIN and Glenda Lindsay and their son Tom run a mixed farming operation on their 810ha property at Bishopsbourne. Over the years the family has expanded their farm buying neighbouring properties when the opportunity arose. The farm now includes a 600-cow dairy and an extensive mixed cropping enterprise, but Mr Lindsay said in the beginning things were quite different. The couple took over the farm in 1972 from Mrs Lindsay's father, who offered them the property for a deposit of $1. ''Everyone said I'd go broke, but I couldn't figure out how because I was already broke,'' Mr Lindsay said. At the time the property was about 139ha and ran a herd of 100 dairy cows. In what was a bold move at the time, they set about building a new dairy on the property just three weeks after they had taken it over. ''People probably thought we were crazy, but it just felt like the right thing to do at the time,'' he said. ''That's how we've always operated -- we'll make a decision about something and then just get on and do it. Most of the time it works out pretty well.'' Despite those lean times, the couple worked hard and had soon earned
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