New Pasteuriser for College

A long awaited new pasteuriser for the College Dairy is now fully operational. Year 10 students are getting a taste of working in an automated robotic dairy and the new pasteuriser is another piece of equipment managed by staff and students on-site. Offering practical experience to their set of competencies.

Milk is piped in one end of the pasteuriser, which then flows between a set of heating pipes or plates, heating the milk to a specific temperature to kill harmful bacteria – it is then cooled to complete the pasteurisation process. Pasteurisation was developed by Louis Pasteur in 1864 to kill organisms responsible for diseases such as listeriosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria and brucellosis.

Students will be processing between 300-400 litres of milk per week, some of which will be used for general consumption and the College kitchen. The remainder of the College milk is sold to Harvey Fresh. This adds to the ethos of the College to be as self sufficient as possible, growing vegetables and producing meat and eggs for the College kitchen.


Great Opportunity Available – Dairy Agricultural Technical Officer

The College is currently advertising for a full-time Dairy Agricultural Technical Officer Level 1-3.  This is a great opportunity for someone to take over the day-to-day management of our robotic dairy enterprise.  You don’t have to have experience working in a robotic dairy; the College is looking for someone who has worked in a commercial dairy, enjoys training young people and can work as part of our team.

Free housing, including all utilities, is available on site in lieu of a shared on-call responsibility.

The position closes on Friday 16 February at 4pm.

Applications need to be submitted online at

If you’d like to discuss anything regarding this position please contact Kevin Osborne, Principal, by telephoning 98480200 or emailing


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Denmark Winners in 2017 Milk Quality Awards

The dairy industry is celebrating the success of top performing dairy farmers producing high quality milk while boosting their on-farm profitability.

The Australian Milk Quality Awards recognise farms that have achieved the best milk quality in Australia based on annual average bulk milk cell count (BMCC) across Australia’s milk processing companies.

Dairy Australia’s Kathryn Davis said the on-farm management of milk quality is key to ensuring the competitiveness of Australian dairy in the marketplace.

 Every year the Australian Milk Quality Awards celebrates the great job being done by dairy farmers up and down the country to keep milk quality at a consistently high standard (Ms Davis) 


“A low cell count is an indicator that mastitis is well controlled in the herd, improving milk production, cow health and welfare.  Farmers achieving a low cell count are also financially rewarded with a premium for their milk and significant cost savings on mastitis treatments and labour” said Ms Davis.

WA had 5 farms in the top 100 suppliers across the nation with the lowest aggregate BMCC:

  • Matt and Angela Brett, Dardanup
  • Luke and Vicki Fitzpatrick, Waroona
  • Craig and John Foster, Wilyabrup
  • WA College of Agriculture (Denmark)
  • Ben and Caroline Letchford, Busselton

Further, there were 14 herds that were listed with bulk milk cell counts in the lowest 5% in Australia of which includes the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark.

College Principal, Kevin Osborne, said “This is a terrific recognition of the great work being undertaken in the College’s Robotic Dairy Enterprise with our Dairy Manager, Terry DeVos and Technical Officer – Agricultural Education, Patrick Swallow.”

Full Results: Dairy Australia

Further Contact: Kevin Osborne, Principal, 0428 480 204


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