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Image (supplied) - former Londoner Lillie Smith has found her calling in life on a dairy farm at Ecklin South.

London to Ecklin South

London to Ecklin South

Image (supplied) - former Londoner Lillie Smith has found her calling in life on a dairy farm at Ecklin South.

From London to Ecklin South for a life in dairy

There aren't many dairy cows on the streets of London but former Londoner Lillie Smith has found her calling in life on a dairy farm at Ecklin South.

Lillie, 26, arrived in Australia on a backpacking holiday five years ago with partner Ethan Brown.

Working on a banana farm at Cairns was their first taste of the country's farming system, but Lillie wanted to give dairy farming a go.

"I don't know what it was, but something in me wanted to try dairy farming. We eventually ended up on a dairy farm and fell in love with it and haven't changed since."

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Neither Lillie nor Ethan had any connection to dairy farming back in London, where Lillie worked as a swimming teacher, but they are making up for lost time.

Lillie is now progressing in the industry with a Diploma of Agronomy and Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management from Longerenong Agricultural College, supported by a DemoDAIRY Foundation scholarship.

She and Ethan are also making a move in their careers, progressing to a management role on a farm at Nullawarre as they continue their campaign to become permanent residents.

"It's hard work but the rewards you get from it are worth it. You know you're working towards something and you're helping to feed the world"

"It's hard to explain but when you've pulled a calf out of a cow and two years later you see her in the dairy, it makes it all worthwhile"

"The winter is the only negative but I really love the south-west. It reminds me of England a little bit and we want this to be our home."

Her parents were initially a bit unsure about their daughter relocating to Australia, but they visited early on and share Lillie's enthusiasm.

Information about DemoDAIRY Foundation scholarships can be found at http://www.demodairy.com.au> www.demodairy.com.au.

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