The Dairy – Farm – Life
Just one thing:
If you ever thought your job was hard, you have never worked on a dairy farm! I’m exhausted as hell and that after only one day of work!
So the job basically consists of starting work at 5:30 am, sometimes even 4:30 am bringing 400 cows in, milking 400 cows twice a day, feeding calves, cleaning the shed twice a day and other odd jobs around the farm. You might think, that it sounds like nothing, but milking goes into arms and back, trust me! You really gotta bend down and stretch to reach for the tits sometimes! Plus, you have to hold all 4 cups up all the time, while you feel for them. Other than that, you gotta watch out for the cows tail. If she lifts it, you better step back! 😀
The hose you use to clean the shed is not the lightest either! But I’m not gonna complain! It’s good money, since you work so many hours. And on top of that, I get to see cows with a full utter running every day. It’s the funniest thing, you’ll come across! They just waddle around like penguins, it’s hilarious 😀
I live in a shared house with a 34-year-old and a 32-year-old Filipino, who work here full time. Both are a good laugh 🙂 One night, we went out to the “Hamilton Night markets” for dinner and they paid all the food for me! Apparently, it’s normal for Filiponos to just pay for all your excesses! Another night, I just got invited to a random persons Filipino birthday and got to try a lot of Filipino food! Very hospitable people!
You can tell, the owner is exhausted though. Besides me, there are only two other workers and I’m only here for two weeks! He actually asked me, whether I could stay longer, but since I already accepted the other job, I had to disappoint him. To be honest, I don’t think, I could do this for long anyway. I love working on sheep and cattle stations, but dairy farms are not my world.
Surprisingly, I have been recommended to another dairy farm in Tauranga, although it was just my second day and I’m basically not even looking for another job! But my employer told me, I had good milking potential in me! 😀
On other days, however, I’ve been ignored completely and everything just went wrong. Two different people keep telling me two different things (and that not properly) and I never know what to do (sometimes just because this is all new to me and I’m not an expert)… It is apparently hardly acceptable to make mistakes and I, unfortunately, got blamed for things that weren’t true or not fair. Some days, I feel, like I am too dumb for the job… Especially, when they don’t trust me with jobs, that need only the slightest bit of responsibility…
On the other hand, however, I really get the feeling, that I can use my learned skills! Thanks to my motorbike lesson and droving experience, I can now go out into the paddocks and set up electric fences. I’ve done so much fencing already, but I’ve never set up electric fences. It’s not hard, you just gotta be careful. Especially when the ground and everything is wet! I also got to bring herds in from the paddocks, which basically means mustering and droving.. in a way! They even let me do it on my own! I love it! *-*
But the thing with dairy cows is, that you don’t really need to muster or drove them, they’re so used to the milking process, that they already go everywhere themselves -it’s crazy, considering, that I had to push sheep by sheep into the shearing shed in Australia! Of course, you still have to muster them together and push them in the right direction, but they know where to go and they know what’s happening. Mustering dairy cows is definitely different to mustering beef cattle!
My absolute highlight working here was, that I finally got to drive a buggy and to ride a quad bike! Now, I can tick that off my bucket list! I told them, that I had never done it before, but they didn’t seem to care and just made me pull a 500kg trough into a paddock! I’m glad, they trust me that much, haha! But all went well and I made another life – experience.
This whole farm is a demonstration farm on a huge school property, meaning that I can be sure to be taught properly since they often have visitors, who can expect certain standards!
By the way, just a quick update on my book: I had written 40 pages already, but now they are all gone…my file corrupted itself with no chance to recover it… all that happened after my photos had been rejected from my first ever photography request, that I’ve been offered, I broke my phone and have no internet now anymore, since this was the phone that had the sim card inside, plus I’ve realized that I put too much effort into this website for almost nothing.. I mean, I love creating and writing, but all this effort gets less reward and acknowledgement than expected… Things are not going too well at the moment, but I can’t help it anyway. Life goes on…
… so I bought a proper laptop, made sure I save everything properly and started all over again.
Never give up!