Kenilworth Dairies is owned by John and Margaret Cochrane, their son Kelvin and wife Ronnie. Both John and Margaret’s families have been intimately involved in the Queensland Dairy industry for a hundred years. This passionate dairy farming family truly have ‘milk in their veins’.
John's Family History
Harry Cochrane returned from the war in 1919 and purchased a farm at Kin Kin in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, a short distance from the Mary Valley. He established the well-known Fauvic Jersey Stud. His son Alan was born on the farm and lived there his entire life. John himself was also born on this same property where his mother, Mavis, still resides.
Primarily a Jersey Dairy, pigs were also raised on the skim milk and small crops, mainly beans were also grown.
As testament to their passion for the dairy industry, Harry was on the Board of the Wide Bay Dairy Co-operative from 1924 until 1971, Alan from 1971 to 1986, and John has been a member of the Parmalat board from 1986 to 2017 and Chairman for approximately 10 years. A Cochrane has sat on boards representing Queensland dairy farmers for the past 93 years.
Marg's Family History
James MacKellar, Margaret’s grandfather, started dairying in 1913 in Coles Creek, a tributary of the Mary Valley. His wife, Rene, was the daughter of a milkman, supplying milk by horse and cart in Toowoomba early in the twentieth century. Later he became a dairy farmer. They milked 50 cows supplying cream to the Pomona butter factory. After Jim passed away in 1964, Rene continued to manage the dairy until the 1980s.
Their daughter, Doreen, married Fred Warren in 1953. Fred was also involved in the dairy industry. He transported cream to the Wide Bay Butter Factory in Gympie in his cream truck (pictured top). After the Nestlé Milk Factory opened in Gympie, Fred traded his cream truck for a prime mover and hauled milk from the district’s dairy farms to Gympie. Eventually Fred and Doreen purchased a dairy farm near the MacKellar farm where they raised three children – John, Kevin and Margaret. This dairy was operated until recently by Margaret’s brother, John.
Two Dairying Families Come Together
Margaret married the love of her life, John Cochrane, on New Year’s Day 1977 and together carried on the dairying tradition. For Marg’s 19th Birthday they purchased a dairy farm in Glastonbury from Mrs Amy Smith. This is where their dairying journey as a couple began.
Whilst they have had many farms over the years, a dream was realised when they had the opportunity to purchase a large dairy farm. The property was on prime land in the beautiful Mary Valley at Goomong – the farm now called Kevindale.