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That's about the same as I was doing on the family farm. Although as soon as the second milking is doing we pack up, except if it's baling time then we work until 10pm.

edit: I'm in south eastern Australia.

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It's illegal to sell raw milk for consumption in Australia. If you want to bathe in it, sure go for it just as long as you don't say you are going to consume it.

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Was. A little east of Bairnsdale. I've had a career change though, mainly to do with me being the youngest.

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That... Is just a huge calving season! Our biggest was 140 cows/heifers, and we had 26 in a day, and 18 of them needed to be pulled! We usually only do 80-100 a season... I do miss some of those little bastards. The others though, the ones magically immune to fencing are just awful.

Interesting to hear about the different feed approaches. Then again I'd put that more up to the environment then anything else.

Do you want to stay farming in UK? Would you consider buying your own farm? Also, do you get many seasonal workers through that region?

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Was referring to if you had more then one calving season, not the number of calves :P I also really hope you don't have 350 calves born a season because that is a crazy number. Do you get many with milk fever? My family farm was a Spring and Autumn calving. We also noticed that our autumn cows produced a fair amount more milk then our spring cows. Ever noticed anything similar in your production?

We have to produce and buy in enough feed to last us summer and winter. We use to have maize in summer, over most of our 120acre flood flats and that would last us most of summer and a bit into autumn. Winter was the time we would feed out our own silage, and at our worst we were feeding 7 silage rolls twice a day for all of winter and until the sun and rain decided to come out in spring. This is also with the grain they get fed in the dairy.

I never got much of a chance to see Kiwi farming, but we have a ridiculous number of kiwi farmers buying dairy farms in Australia. We call them milk barons, given their incredibly large NZ dairy production!