How is milk made? The following photos will take you through the very peaceful process from field to table, whoops to bath!
Hi This is Trevor Mahaffey on the farm
And Trevor again
This is a photo taken across the farm at Goomboorian with Goomboorian Mountain South in the background looking over about 200 acres of beautiful green grass pastures.
Here we see Goomboorian Mountain North in the background.
Looking out from the milking shed across the yards.
Again a view over the Farm.
And more green grass!
Here Trevor chooses a cow from the yard to be taken out to the pasture for a feed.
Here the cow is being lead out from the holding yards to the pasture.
Trevor has a lovely quiet Jersey cow out in the pasture to eat.
Here we see his young son holding another Jersey cow while she eats more grass.
As you can see feeding the cows is a family activity.
The cow is eating the pasture with special types of organic grasses, clover and selected herbs for optimum health of the cow and maximum milk and butterfat production.
That's right kids, milk comes from cows that eat green grass.
Why does it turn out a yellow white colour? Because the grass contains nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and also Beta Carotene which is a bright orange colour in its concentrated form. However, in its diluted amount in the milk it makes a pale yellow colour appear in the fat of the milk.
And the cows just love eating this pasture
they don't have to be made to do that, they just love it!
And isn't that green colour relaxing to the eyes and the soul? Wouldn't it be wonderful if all of Australia looked like this? Then we would have to call it New Zealand!
This is an organic pasture which is very rich in all the nutrients the cow needs to do her job - make milk!
I think the young fellow wishes he could eat grass it looks so good.
Happy cow gives healthy milk
and does not produce disease like some cows which may be mistreated.
The cow grazes over the field which encourages regrowth of the pasture.
Cows produce milk after they have given birth to a baby calf to feed the calf, however more milk is always produced than the calf could drink.
Some cows are very pale in colour
and others are golden in colour as you can see here
Trevor has found that a contented cow is a good milker so he massages them before each milking.
The young cow is now being led back into the milking shed to be milked.
Trevor leads the cows into the shed.
Here we see the personal treatment of each cow by the milking hand.
Cow with milking cups on the teats.
Cows are lined up in bales.
Close up of the teat cups which suck the milk out from the udder of the cows.
Cows are lined up on both sides of a pit with about 6 cows to the race.
Jersey cows waiting for their turn to be milked.
And after they have been milked.
A friendly face if ever you are lonely!
Lovely quiet calves in the pen.
One day these will be grown cows and will have calves of their own before being milked.
This is a collector vat for the milk before it is piped to the stainless steel storage tank just outside the milking shed.
This is a view of the bottling department where a plastic bottle is placed under a stainless steel tap where each bottle is personally filled.
Another photo of the same piece of equipment.
And finally the finished product - Cleopatra's Bath Milk for you and your family to enjoy!