Jet And Emma welcome Brett to the farm


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Brett has just joined the team at Clover Hill Dairies and this is his story.

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Jet And Emma welcome Brett to the farm

  2. 2. Hi My name is Brett
  3. 3. And this is my twin sister Emily. We are in year 6 at Jamberoo Public School. Our school is part of the 2009 Picasso Cows program and Emily is helping to paint the cow. I am helping by writing a journal about my job on the dairy farm.
  4. 4. Twins by birth but not by nature Even though we are twins we are very different ( but we are still great mates) Emily is very artistic and musical. I like those things too but I like the outdoors and play lots of sport. My favourite sports are swimming and Emily rugby. When I grow up I would like to fly fighter jets or be a carpenter – for now I am very happy farming in my spare time. Brett
  5. 5. I started working on the dairy farm as part of my Rotary Junior Community Award
  6. 6. To complete my award I have to do a number of tasks.
  7. 7. Junior Rotary Community Award Community Service Physical Recreation Social Experience Community commemorations Community meetings Cultural exchange Religious and spiritual experience The Arts
  8. 8. Social Experience Activities Community commemorations • I went to Kiama Council 150th Celebrations Community meetings • I attended a P&C meeting Cultural exchange • I had a meal with an Italian family Religious and spiritual experience • I am going to the Nan Tien Temple @ Dapto The Arts • I went to the Wollongong Art Gallery
  9. 9. Junior Rotary Community Award cont… Skills supervised by a tutor or a mentor Emma mentored me on how to raise dairy calves I also have to keep weekly records in the form of a weekly diary
  10. 10. Reward for Effort Once I have completed all of the tasks my diary is assessed by my school supervisor whose name is Miss Garlic My work is then sent away and I receive a certificate presented to me by my local Rotary Club
  11. 11. My tutor My tutor for 10 weeks on the farm is Emma She is the Clover Hill Dairies apprentice and is doing dairy skills as part of her HSC Emma is in year 11 and has been working on the farm for 2 years
  12. 12. Emma loves the cows and they are very curious about her
  13. 13. Emma loves the calves and they are adore her & they remember how she used to look after them when they were babies.
  14. 14. This picture is an example of my new computer skills. Here I learnt how to turn a colour photo into back and white.
  15. 15. What Emma has taught me Animal Welfare Raising calves is like raising kids you should treat them like they are your family Little calves need to live in a very clean environment and we clean their utensils every day We make sure they have 4 litres of colostrum in the first 24 hours to give them immunity from infection
  16. 16. What Emma has taught me cont.. Calves also get fed hay and pellets They must also have clean fresh water at all times We also fill their pens everyday with fresh pine shavings The two health issues we have to watch for are scours and pneumonia When the calves get scours we give them electrolytes ( just like human babies)
  17. 17. What Emma has taught me cont.. When they get pneumonia we give them medicine like calf Panadol, vitamins and antibiotics for 3 days We feed them milk twice daily until they are 7 weeks old then we feed milk 1x daily until they are 12 weeks old We make sure nothing is wasted- what the little calves don’t eat is feed to the big calves. When we do this we makes sure we do not give the big calves leftovers from sick baby calves
  18. 18. What Emma has taught me cont.. Each calf is identified with 3 tags One tag has number ( which is different for each calf Another tag in the opposite ear has the calf’s name The third tag has a microchip in it and is called an NLIS tag NLIS is a scheme which allows traceability from paddock to plate NLIS stands for National Livestock Identification Scheme
  19. 19. Other skills I learnt Lynne was my mentor for two things Environmental stewardship- Landcare farming Computer skills – PowerPoint presentations
  20. 20. Other skills I learnt cont… Landcare farming I learnt how to plant trees and shrubs to increase biodiversity How to sow grass by hand- broadcasting- to prevent wind and soil erosion
  21. 21. So lets start at the beginning I was lucky enough to help out around Lynne Strong’s dairy farm Clover Hill Dairies and let me tell you I had a ball. On the farm I was put straight to work When I first started I learnt lots of new skills My first day was 8th of August I did lots of Painting starting with the architraves for the windows for Nick’s new house. Nick is Lynne’s son and he is the boss
  22. 22. I even got to put the undercoat on a baby Picasso Cow which we are lending to the Landcare Artfest
  23. 23. Then Emma the apprentice came and took me up to the calf shelter were I was able to feed the calves and any thing else that needed to be done.
  24. 24. We had to disinfect some of the other spare hutches and fill them with bedding so that we could bring in more calves. Cleaning the hutches is very hard work.
  25. 25. Emma and I had to then go and get the new baby calves we are going to put in the shed.
  26. 26. One of the calves was already out of the paddocks so we only had to take it to the shelter
  27. 27. The other calf was in the paddock so it was up to us to catch it Unlike human babies, calves are generally able to walk within a few hours of birth and are able to run within a day or two.
  28. 28. As you can see Emma is pretty good at this. She has had lots of practice!!!!!!
  29. 29. To take the calf to its new home we had to walk through the milking shed I HAD NEVER SEEN SO MUCH POO IN MY LIFE!!!!!!
  30. 30. Anyway we eventually caught the calf and when we did Emma had to quickly herd the other cows away from the calf while I held it. Man r those calves strong.
  31. 31. When we had the 2 new baby calves in their new homes Emma showed me how to feed them hay and pellets. We also gave the fresh water
  32. 32. The calves soon learn how to drink out of a bucket. How funny is this calf . It stuck its head in so far…..
  33. 33. .. Her eyes are even covered with milk. One of the other calves soon licked it off
  34. 34. This is Emma feeding the calves. Brett is learning a lot from Emma
  35. 35. This is Erin. She has had a hernia operation and is in a pen by herself. Erin thinks I am a lollipop
  36. 36. It was time for milking so Emma and Nick went off to milk but I wasn’t allowed yet so I went back down to Lynne’s house to paint some more of Nick’s new windows
  37. 37. Milking time and the long walk home
  38. 38. And back again
  39. 39. At about one o’clock I was told that I could come up to the Dairy to see how every thing works and it was so cool. Personally I think that it is the best dairy ever.
  40. 40. After milking I learnt to hose off all the poo. The poo and the water go into two big tanks and are irrigated back onto the paddocks to grow the pasture
  41. 41. After Emma showed me around the dairy we then went back up to the calves to feed three of the calves some milk and let me tell you those calves can be greedy when they want something
  42. 42. When we had finished feeding the calves their milk it was time for Emma to go to the new farm where Emma milks the cows all by herself. This is the new farm and this Emma’s favorite cow Magpie. Magpie is very friendly
  43. 43. While we were down there Lyn’s husband Mick was also there planting seeds but he doesn’t sow them by hand he does it with a tractor and a machine he pulls behind called a direct drill.
  44. 44. The seeds are kept in this compartment. There are many small tubes that shoot the seeds down and into the soil. The seed then shoots and you get nice green grass.
  45. 45. When the wheels turn on this machine they rotate the seeds in the seed compartment which helps them to fall down the shoot tubes
  46. 46. The way it works is one of the blades on the direct drill makes a gap in the ground and behind that blade is another blade that covers in the soil and in between is a little pipe that shoots out the seeds into the grass.
  47. 47. In the tractor there is a GPS that tells Mick were he has already planted the seeds. This also enables him to work at night.
  48. 48. This is Brett riding the Quad
  49. 49. Oh and I'm only posing on the bike as it is illegal to ride a motorbike if you are under 16. You must wear a helmet when you ride a bike as quad bikes are very dangerous
  50. 50. Week 10 and I have learnt to milk cows. Awesome!!!!!
  51. 51. First we push this button which will give the cups a vacuum and this will allow them to start to suck out the milk.
  52. 52. When were finished milking we have to hose out the dairy so that its nice and clean for the next milking
  53. 53. My next new skill Environmental stewardship and Landcare Farming Clover Hill Dairies has won many awards and is the 2009 NSW Landcare Heroes Primary Producer Award winner
  54. 54. Lynne and her family and neighbours spend a lot of time looking after the environment on their farm and I am helping them do this for the next 10 weeks as part of my Rotary Program
  55. 55. The creek bed we are working on has been cleaned to remove all the invasive weeds. We had to plant the grasses to help prevent erosion caused by water and wind.
  56. 56. On the first day we planted 400 grasses and some trees to stop erosion in the creek bed and increase the plant biodiversity. I am learning lots about the environment and lots of new words such as biodiversity which means the different types of living things on the earth
  57. 57. What I was told to do was to get two buckets of ryegrass and spread (called broadcasting) it evenly on the bare dry patches.
  58. 58. Each week after that my main job was planting rye-grass in the bare areas to help hold the soil together. Ryegrass is a grass that grows really well in winter whereas the other grass on the farm- kikuyu grows well in summer and dies off in the winter.
  59. 59. When we finished planting it was time to water them in so another man come down with a 300 litre tank of water and I was sent down to water it all ,and once that water and the wind hit your hands I guess you could say that you wish your hands had really hot heaters in them.
  60. 60. At the end of my 10 weeks we had got a lot of work done and everyone was very pleased. This is me with all the neighbour volunteers under the big strangler fig
  61. 61. Soon it was spring and all the reptiles started coming out of hibernation. They have red belly black snakes and lots of diamond pythons and blue tongue lizards on the farm . This is a diamond python and they are not poisonous. It was in the garden where I was painting so we encouraged it to find some other place to sit in the sun
  62. 62. This is Jamie , Lynne’s next door neighbour with a big python. Jamie likes to pat them Mmh I don’t think I will try that
  63. 63. Best news yet Lynne and Michael and Nick have offered me a job I will now be working at the farm for 4 hrs each week on Saturday My other friends are working at the local IGA Grocery store and I am very happy I have an outside job
  64. 64. I love working on the farm. Everyday I learn more about the A DAY cowsTHE FARM FOR people, the ON BRETT and the processes that help make out dairy products
  65. 65. This slide show is a Brett W production for Picasso Cows 2009 With special thanks to Lynne Nick Michael Tim And especially Emma for all their help
  66. 66. Acknowledgements All photographs in this presentation are the property of the Strong's and should not be used without permission I have permission My little dude has been borrowed from the web /08/20/ask-ernie-8-questions-8-answers/