Farmer Gregie Dennis wins Australian Dairy Farmer of the Year

Scenic Rim 4Real Milk founder Greg Dennis is the 2014 Australian Dairy Farmer of the Year.
Scenic Rim 4Real Milk founder Greg Dennis is the 2014 Australian Dairy Farmer of the Year.

INDEPENDENT dairy farmer Greg Dennis put Tamrookum on the map on Wednesday night when he took out the Australian Dairy Farmer of the Year title in Melbourne.

Mr Dennis, known as Farmer Gregie, accepted the prestigious award for his innovation in the industry.

Mr Dennis launched independent brand Scenic Rim 4Real Milk last year at his family farm, the Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy at Tamrookum.

His brand is now stocked in more than 170 south-east Queensland stores and includes milk and cheese products.

He also runs a constant public awareness campaign about the struggles facing the dairy industry, maintaining an active following on social media and running tours of his dairy.

Mr Dennis, who was also a finalist in the awards last year, said he was thrilled with the win.

"It was a bit surreal and quite humbling but at the same time a real thrill," he said.

"It'll definitely give me a stronger platform to be able to keep doing what I do, which is educating people and communicating with people from the cities and towns."

Mr Dennis said he could not have done it without the support of his family on the farm.

"It's absolutely the strength of the family behind me, because the farm continues to run on a daily basis and it's still very much a family operation," he said.

"My mum and dad Darrell and Brenda Dennis and my Aunty Rose and Uncle Ray and my wife Trish are all heavily involved in the farm still on a day-to-day basis because when I'm not there things have to keep on happening."

Mr Dennis was one of three finalists for the dairy title, with Nigel and Rachel Brock from Tasmania and  Raymond and Sarah Parker from Victoria also in the running for the award.