Marian Macdonald

Dairy Farmer Victoria

Drawn by a love of cows and the land, Marian Macdonald interrupted a public relations career in the city to become a dairy farmer. In her well-known Milk Maid Marian blog, she writes about the roller-coaster ride of life on the farm with two young children, as she and husband Wayne not only chart their course through fire, flood, pestilence and drought, but innovate to cope with the changing climate.

Marian sees the impact of climate change first-hand, with the winter period becoming more productive, the spring getting shorter and the summers longer and tougher.

She uses her online and media presence to spread the word about new technologies and techniques; accessing the best science and advice from organisations such as Greening Australia to ensure the long-term viability of the dairy industry.

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