|Walcha Dairy sign|
|New calves at Walcha Dairy|
|Workers milking cows on an 80-cow rotary system|
There are many crossbred animals found on this farm with the main breed being Holstein, or as Australians call them, Fresians. They don't artificially inseminate their cows but use a bull for breeding. Their main breeding objective is to have the highest amount of milk production per cow. They don't keep the bull calves, but do raise all their heifers for replacements. The heifers start out at the main farm and then after 8 weeks, when they are weaned, they move to another farm to be raised until they are close to calving, returning then to the main farm.
It was hard to leave Walcha Dairy after spending an hour and a half learning about their practices, but we all loaded back onto the bus to return to Armidale for one last night. Tomorrow we head to Toowoomba for some more adventures.
Katelyn and Amy