Nothing fills my heart with pride more than our model of raising all of our male calves, we are grateful for the support we have had from the community that has enabled us to do this.
Bobby calf raised on the farm
At Mountain View Farm, we love our ethical model, all of our bobby calves are raised on the farm. We couldn't imagine putting our babies on a truck and sending them to be slaughtered. It's not only morally and ethically wrong, it's disrespectful to the cows, who provide us with their beautiful milk.
Mum and calf
I love watching the interaction between the calf and mum, in the dairy herd. When they first come into the herd, some are totally independent, while others stick to their mum like glue, even going onto the platform, when mum is getting milked. Like children they go and play together, and as they get older, they venture out around the farm. They are so much fun to watch, especially the dialogue between mum and baby.
Michael making hay - after a very dry October, it's been a big relief to get some good rains and get the silage, hay and crops done. Looking forward to a wet summer. Photo from Dec 2015.
This is what I love most about Mountain View: retiring the cows as nannies for the bobby calfs, to let them do what they love. It's our way of saying thank you.
The irrigator has been pulled out of the shed and fired up. With a dry summer looming, will be great to keep crops and pasture watered to continue supplying our beautiful yoghurt & cheese from 100% pasture fed cows. Photo from Dec 2015
This is how healthy the pasture generally is. Certified Organic Grass fed dairy and beef. Research says that milk and beef produced from cows fed organically grown grass instead of grain, is much healthier for us. Higher in omega 3, Conjugated linoleic Acid and Vitamin E. It's not only better for you, its better for the cows and the environment and our future.
Sunset captured by talented Caroline Jones
The Miranda Dale Jerseys
At the end of December 2015, Reg and Diane, from Miranda Dale, closed their doors at the Lakes Entrance Dairy. Sixty beautiful Jersey cows, stepped onto the truck and made their way to Sophia's farm on the Tarago River Flats. We are thrilled to be able to take on this lovely herd, and will continue producing milk under the Miranda Dale brand. Plans are underway to build a micro dairy on the farm. We can't wait to have milk back on the shelves. In the meantime, this lovely lush creamy milk is being made into yoghurt and cheese.