Friday, June 10, 2011
Next off to one of the about only four dairy farms in Australia that is a complete confinement system. 2000 cows all in freestalls. This farm milks in a double 38 herringbone. They also do organic fertilizer, a compressed shaving bale business, compost business, and partner in a shopping center and village development corporation, and have partner with a processor with UHT milk and with A2 protien. It seems lactose intolerent people are actually allergic to the A1 protein and A2 milk has no A1 and can be consumed by lactose intolerant people without problems.
The next day was off to the University of Sydney to meet with the team working on a project to see how well they could get cows to produce on pasture and supplemental feed without expansion of pasture acres. They found they could do 4 times better than the national average. They are able in this area to get away with a triple crop on some acreage with irrigation and the right mixes of crops. They had just finished an elaborate undereground irrigations system to irrigate the pastures.
Then came the long drive to Canberra--the capital of Australia--the drive was about as exciting as the Mass turnpike and seemed as long. Got into the city at rush hour! Yeah! with a Gps that does not understand that in bumper to bumper you cannot navigate across three lanes to turn right in 50 meters! after a few "Recalculations" I arrived at the hotel. Hopefully I will not recieve any mailings from the police. They use speed cameras on the highways as well as red light cameras and fatigue cameras (not sure how they know you are tired). So no cops on the side of the road but best not to speed! Meeting with the head of the Vet association was very interesting, he studied at university of Nebraska, his cousin was dean of Ross university as well as a good friend used to teach there. (this is where I am hoping to go to vet school).
On the technical side was very interesting that Asutralia, besides having a very good national ID program for dairy and beef and sheep, has a very good plan for handling disease out breaks. 61 different diseases have specific plans in case of an outbreak.
Then it was back to sydney. Very confusing but eventually found my way back to the city and got the car returned. Very glad to not be driving anymore. Now it is a wrap up in Sydney, repack and on to New Zealand. So the next update will be in the land of Kiwis. See you soon.....