Category : Family
As a follower of the dairy industry, you know that there has not been much to smile about in recent months. And things don’t seem to be getting much better either. We are putting up with ridiculous claims from would-be-nutritionalist-chefs that think that paleo diets are for everyone and I hear today, that we should drinking camel milk instead of cows because it is closer to human milk. Well, if we can’t get people to work in the dairy industry, good luck getting people to milk camels!!! I worked as a jillaroo on a property up north years back that used to train them for racing. Nasty beasts that spit a lot. LOL.
We are also facing recent claims of the VFF doing deals with Coles to somehow funnel funds back to dairy farmers, but the negative sentiment within dairy circles suggests that this is not a widely approved method. Members cancelling memberships because of deals done behind closed doors before informing them is a sad, sad thing to see.
And of course, even though the milk price has gone off the boil in the urban/city media and the effect it is having on farmers, we are still fighting tooth and nail EVERY day to squeeze every single efficiency out of our businesses because the income is still far, far, FAR below the expenses that we have to endure. I have spent the better part of the morning editing, re-editing, critiquing and tweeking cash flow budgets for the bank manager and accountant. “Such a fun morning” said no farmer EVER.
But through the images issues of the dairy industry, the problematic and non existent positive cash flow, some dodgy health issues here at home and the fact that I see that a half baked moron of the food world that thinks he knows everything when clearly, he is really just a moron, there are things to smile about.
Three of my 4 kids go to school. Grades 5, 3 and prep (the cutest of the cute!). Last night was the annual St Mary’s School Performance and every kid had a role to play. Ok, it isn’t on the same level as Shakespeare and even local drama group performances, but it was good. VERY good. And it made me smile. And laugh. And even cry a little, especially when the preppies came out and did their thing.
How can 200 students singing and dancing and acting not make you smile. They were gorgeous. Each of them. And even though 3 of the kids up there were mine, I was overjoyed to see some of the kids that I teach swimming to up there shaking their wild things! They were hilarious, cute, enthusiastic and involved. And they all contributed positively in the life and fabric of our school community. Thank you to the teachers and every support staff and parent that made last night happen. Because it certainly put a smile on my face and took away, for just 90 minutes, the worries, anxieties and problems that we face everyday in the dairy industry.
So to leave you with this clip. This is one of the prep classes. My daughter, Bella, is up the front pretty much in the middle with the white ears. They were Teddy Bears. And I could just have easily taken them all home!!! Enjoy.
(Bella is the little one to the right of the boy dead centre. Has white ears and blonde pigtails)
And some stills: