When people ask me where I live I invariably reply I live in paradise and I am using this post as one of many to give you pictorial reasoning for this claim.
Clover Hill Dairies is located on two farms in the Jamberoo Valley the birthplace of the Australian dairy industry but more famous today as the place “where you control the action”
The home farm is located on the north east face of Saddleback Mountain in very steep rainforest country. In fact 50% of the farm is rainforest so when you run possibly the most intensive pasture based dairying operation in Australia and farm in this very precious environment you feel a huge responsibility to do what is right for the landscape, the cows and the wider community.
There is no denying it is a challenge but oh so worthwhile.
On Friday the cows where outside my house between the 4am and the 12 noon milking. My camera captured their noon stroll to the milking shed.
View from my front verandah. This becomes below when the cows move in.
Michael begins the midday milking roundup
There is no rush. Always time for a two way pose.
And no shortage of cows with plenty of attitude. 1453 is called Mandelyn Storm Favourite and she looks like she has been in the good paddock a bit too long not that she is complaining.
Michael has discovered why the cows are taking a bit longer than usual. There seems to be some silly woman standing in front of them taking pictures
He just shakes his head and gives me one of his cheeky grins
The cows were back in the front paddock when I went to town the next day
This is what I saw looking back on my house and the cows when I drove up Saddleback Mountain Rd.
Paradise – we are giving it a pretty good shot don’t you think?