By Jill Armstrong | Posted: Wednesday March 21, 2018
Yesterday the Agribusiness class returned to Well’s dairy farm in Outram to observe first-hand the milking process.
Despite the weather, the students had an excellent experience. Rob (farm manager) gave us an in-depth commentary about the cows, their day to day routine, the technology used, the feed used, how the circular milking mechanism operated, plus other insightful information.
Each cow had a coloured mark on their rear to show when their calf was due. Calving starts from August onwards. The amount of technology on the farm is impressive
Students were given an opportunity to assist with the milking and did a sterling job. We were amazed how co-operative and quiet the cows were. They are very gentle animals.
We are grateful for the opportunity to visit Anne-Marie and Duncan’s farm as it is a fine model of dairying in Otago. We plan to visit the farm again in Spring time to meet some of the new calves.
Guest Speaker - Kim Reilly, Federated Farmers Regional Policy Manager (South Island).
Kim is visiting the class tomorrow to chat about her role as Federated Farmers Regional Policy Manager. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the Agribusiness sector and is currently a member of the Biodiversity Collaborative Group. We look forward to meeting with her.