Stephen Whitsed 53, is very much a family man, happily married for 31 years to wife, Jo-Ellen, father of 2 daughters, a Son and adoring Grandfather to 3 Grandchildren, living on the family farm that dates back since 1949. The farm has been farmed Organically since 1998, the Whitsed then built a factory in Corryong and produced Australia’s first Organic Low Fat Milk and Organic cream, marketing it into Coles & Woolworths Supermarkets, Health Food Stores in Melbourne which Stephen accomplished all by phone.
Stephen’s parents Johnny & Merrilyn, along with brother Paul, wife & 2 children live on the family farm, Johnny in his mid 70’s is still an integral part of the operations and Paul is a Director of the Organic Dairy Farmers of Australia Ltd.
Stephen’s daughter Annika, husband and 3 children share farm on the 2nd dairy farm 5 mins away which the Whitsed’s purchased 6 years ago and also converted to Organic. Son Keenan has also come back home to help work on the family farm and be a part of the new Company which has been recently formed – Global Soil Regeneration Pty Ltd.
Animal husbandry includes approximately 350 head of beef cattle which Stephen is mainly responsible for and Paul looks after the mechanically side of things.
Stephen’s passion is also sport, loves his football and yes barracks for “Collingwood”!
His outlet is to take his youngest daughter, Tahnia to Albury for Netball training most weeks and go and watch her play competition on a Saturday.