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The Milky Bar Kids - In The Beginning

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 190

Sometimes a combination of youthful enthusiasm and a degree of bravado can carry the day. Other situations demand a large dose of determination that no one should witness the woeful lack of knowledge and experience that actually exists.

Such was the prevailing mindset we held most ferociously to on our first day of milking cows. The poor 'girls' had been milked by a sheep farmer for many weeks whilst the owner searched for a share-farmer. So...what's wrong with a sheep farmer milking cows, you may ask?

Well-ll-ll, for starters, this reluctant milker would round up the cows twice a day with the help of his trusty working dogs, and his equally trusty old utility. Hard to tell which 'moved' the cows faster - the incessant yapping at their heels, or the combined roar of the vehicle's motor and beeping of its horn, whilst simultaneously belching out great clouds of smoke. Certainly, the combination successfully achieved the goal of getting the herd into the dairy in the shortest time known to Man...or beast. Personally, we found ourselves unimpressed by the quantity of milk spread over the paddock by the great swinging udders of the 'sprinters'.

We maybe knew zilch about milking cows (except what this sheep farmer taught us) - but it didn't take an Einstein to figure this was all wrong. Where did two 'city slickers' (in a previous life) learn such patience and skill with handling these large creatures so successfully for the next 10 years on this property, and a further 4 years elsewhere? I can only think that deep love and respect for all animals, coupled with a burning desire to be in total charge of our destiny, were the keys to our success.

On this first day, it was all ahead of us, having graciously refused all offers of help with the confident air of two 'old hands' at this milking 'gig'. It's so funny in retrospect - we're amongst the most honest people you'll ever meet - and yet, on this subject, we blatantly lied and deceived everyone around us, so none should see our quivering interiors. The trusty sheep farmer had actually done us a massive favour, we told ourselves confidently. Nothing we could do could upset them more than he had...could it?

Well-ll-ll, once we had bungled through our first milking; our first full day; our first week - the girls began to respond to our TLC - slowly but surely. They led us far along the steep learning curve of patience and understanding with animals that had begun on the other side of Australia with raising kangaroos, and to this day (40 years later) is still our instinctive way to handle all our creatures - great and small.

It's really not hard when you start with a strong foundation of love and understanding. Did I really say that? Rubbish! Lying again! It's the hardest job in the world, gaining an animal's trust - especially one who has lost trust in humans. We each have several scars on both body and soul to prove it.

But would we have missed the journey, or any part of it?

Not on your Nelly!

© 2012 Christine Larsen All Rights Reserved Worldwide

You can read more of our lessons in dairy farming in my other Ezine articles that begin with - The Milky Bar Kids. If you want reading entertainment, you won't be disappointed as you follow our bumbling and humbling steps along our journey to final success. And there are pictures on my 'journal' site of farm stories and thoughts -

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