Monday through Wednesday included mainly farm visits with various evening banquets. We visited a number of dairy farms including: Karatane Dairies (the Ormsbys), Ros Mhor (Johnny Adamson), Riverdell Farm (Owen & Cathy Copinga), Oakura Holsteins (the Taylors), Middlevale (the Dodds), and Fairleigh Farms (the Eades).
The sale was on Wednesday night in the town of Gore with a high selling lot of NZ$28,500.
Thursday had an alternative tour while the annual general meeting was in session. This included stops at the Southland museum, the southern town of Bluff and some other places.
I was pleased to see this part of the country and meet lots of new people. The conference ran really smoothly and it was evident that a lot of planning and preparation was put into it. I'm glad I was able to attend and look forward to more involvement with the New Zealand Holstein Friesian Association.
Below are some pictures from the week:
|View of Canterbury and the Southern Alps|
|Snow covered Southern Alps on my way to Invercargill|
|First farm visit to Karatane|
|'Damion' daughters on display at Karatane|
|Cows in a wintering barn at the Ros Mhor stud|
|At Riverdell Farm|
|Farleigh Farm's new wintering barn|
|Feeling at home seeing some Ayrshires in this free stall barn|
|Bruce Eade shares about Fairleigh Farm|
|Monday tour to the Bill Richardson Truck Museum|
|Tuesday visit to the Velodrome where cyclist race|
|The Southland museum in Invercargill display a unique New Zealand Reptile, the Tuatara|
|The Southland museum was the first to have a captive Tuatara breeding program|
|I discovered I love Oysters, both raw and fried!|
Bluff is also a predictor for the typical weather. If you can see the hill, it means it is going to rain. If you can't see the hill, it is raining.
|Viewof Bluff from our cafe lunch spot|
|At Bluff, far away from home|
|Most photographed spot at Bluff|
|Stewart Island in the distance|
|View from the top of Bluff Hill|
|Common wintering for cows in New Zealand|
|Perks of a bus ride = views of the Southland terrain|