A breath of fresh air

A breath of fresh air blew in from Perth this week in the from of one of Art4agriculture’s Young Farming Champion  Steph Coombes who wrote us this very popular blog earlier this year.

Steph’s arrival was celebrated by all the farm team as firstly we are short staffed with Nick and Emma on their honeymoon and secondly she has such a bright bubbly personality and is all smiles just like Louise

On her first day even the sunrise welcomed her in a spectacular way

Clover Hill Dairies at Sunrise

Which turned into a very misty morning

Cow in the Mist

Steph has never worked on a dairy farm before but she was right into from the start. When she discovered the baby cows as she calls them she was in seventh heaven

Steph and her new best friends

And they seem pretty fond of her too.

Steph will be blogging about her time at the farm on this site as well as her own site  Ag-ventures of a city girl gone country and we are all looking forward to her Clover Hill Dairies Diary musings

Farm Day Oz comes early in Paradise

Young Farming Champion Heidi Cheney has just landed a new job with Pfizer Animal Health and scored the dairy industry as the key area in which she will work with farmers.


Heidi’s mum and daughter Pippa get an early Farm Day OZ experience at Clover Hill Dairies

So where better to get hands on dairy farming experiences – well Paradise of course.


Autumn tones at Paradise

Heidi grew up on her parents beef and sheep farm but her children Hunter and Pippa are like most kids these days they learn where yoghurt comes from through pages of a book or the TV screen .


Pippa and Hunter just aren’t just yogurt fans, they love cheese and milk

So Heidi took the opportunity to bring Pippa and Hunter and her mum Lynne with her  so they could learn first hand where milk comes from. So whilst Heidi worked alongside Nick and Emma to get an inside look at dairy farm and cow management. Pippa and Hunter got friendly with the chooks


First Hunter decided he should collect all the eggs and was eyed off by this rooster


Heidi in the meantime was checking out the dairy


Where she caught up with Emma and they went through our procedures for drenching and vaccinations


Emma has just done an evaluation review of all our procedures with the team to ensure all our information is up to date


She is very pleased that task is almost ticked off


Then it was time for the whole family to see where their milk comes from


Farmer Nick has a soft spot for little kids and enjoys showing them how the dairy works

Heidi and Hunter MG_1832

Then it was off to visit the baby calves and see how the robotic calf feeder works


Pippa and Hunter soon got the hang of it and made great friends with the baby calves


The weather forecast says its going to rain in the next couple of days and so Michael is putting out some nitrogen fertiliser to see if we can get this recently sown pasture to get a wriggle on. Hunter was pretty taken with the really big green tractor.


But then it all got too much and Hunter says its time for a siesta


The sun goes down in the trees.

I enjoyed sharing paradise with Heidi and her family  as will many other faming families with their Farm Day OZ visitors this weekend

I am also pretty confident cows will get due credit for the dairy products in the fridge at the Cheney household from now on