Bruce was raised on a Dairy Farm at Dyers Crossing and lived there until illness forced his father to sell out and move to Taree. Bruce is a third generation Auctioneer and has enjoyed a busy life in this occupation and did not mention any second choices.
He has spent his life with cattle raising and selling them and has owned various properties. He said that though country folk are accused of removing trees to clear their properties, most of them plant more trees than they remove, quoted his father as an example. Bruce has spent his life in
the Auctioneering business and still enjoys the challenge of the AUCTION.
Why do farmers stay on the land in spite of difficult conditions such as drought, flood , fire and poor milk prices? They love the land, enjoy working with animals and the outdoor life. They are dedicated caretakers of the land.
 
The average dairy farm on coast of N S W varies from 100 to 400 milking cows, milked by machines some of which almost run themselves and cows decide when they are to be milked.
He and his wife Sharen started Dairy farms back in 1950’s averaged around 50 cows and there were many more of them, have now been consolidated into larger holdings with bigger herds. Dumaresque Island once contained 32 farms, now only two, some holdings have become residential small cattle holdings. These smaller farms mostly separated the cream from the milk and sold their cream to local Butter factories.
There were factories in Taree, Lower Manning whose premises remain in Chatham due for redevelopment. Other Butter factories were at Wingham, Comboyne , Gloucester, Wauchope and even at Dyers Crossing and Mitchells Island, mostly run as cooperatives owned by the farmers who supplied them. The first milk processor to come to Taree was Peters Creameries who processed milk. Farms gradually changed over to supplying milk and now there are no milk factories in Taree and milk is transported to Brisbane or Newcastle for processing. 
The dairy Industry is fourth largest Industry in Australia and supplies milk products to China, Japan, Indonesia AND Malaysia to name a few. They are
said to be best farmers in the world They would need to make a living on the price they are paid for milk.
Supermarket contracts making economical farming difficulty and many farmers are going out of business. Deregulation of the Industry opposed by N.S.W. Milk Board has made farms lose value. Farms employ average 6.2 persons so are big employers in Australia .
Many farmers improve the productivity of their cattle by breeding their own stock and cross breeding cattle such as the Jersey Breed, that are good cream produces with duces with the Friesan breed that are low cream high quantity milk producers to obtain more economical yield.
Reduction in costs by more efficient milking machinery has assisted farmers to remain viable. Farmers are a resilient lot and love their occupation and Bruce is confident that farmers will surmount their difficulties and remain working and looking after their land.
Entertaining and informative talk by Bruce thanked by Ross Tingle, a former dairy farmer at Monavale before it became Bayview Golf Club.
Bruce,I hope I have done Justice to your talk,
- Max Carey
 
 
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