I’m sexy and I know it G’day guys, my name is Tangaroa Walker. I’m a contract milker in a place called Southland, Invercargill right at the ass end of New Zealand. Over the course of one year you guys are going to
be following me through my cell phone I’m literally going to be carrying my cell phone everywhere and it’s going to be recording
everything I do so, when I’m gonna be going for a fart you’re gonna hear that too.
Alright, you’re gonna be following me around the farm, we’re going to be calving cows, shifting crop, shifting effluent, spreading fertilizer. cutting bales, driving tractors – there’s gonna be one coming past in about two seconds. We’re going to have staff meetings with my staff showing you our health and safety plan. We might be entering in some competitions as well, so, yeah, you’re gonna follow us and see what we do on our dairy farms throughout the whole year
and I can’t wait to show ya! [laughs] So guys this is the our cowshed. All our girls here are just waiting for me to let them go down to the paddock. In the back there you can see a silage stack, which we’ve just closed up. It’s all our effluent ponds
behind there. And our beautiful farm. Beautiful morning, this morning.
Look at that, look at that! Yoohoooo! World Milk Day, baby! Woohoohoooo! All right, guys, we’re just heading down to run off.
Just gonna go shake down some hay bales. Gonna put our cows onto some hay bales and a little bit of grass. I’m gonna be cutting back the cows protein diet, so we’re going to be cutting it right back. We’re just going to be feeding them about
six or seven kilos of hay available. We’re gonna be keeping our fodder beet intake up so
six kilos of fodder beet and then we’re gonna be bringing our cows in over the next
couple of days to dry the girls off so, just heading over to the run off
now to beat out some hay. Guys so for the month of May, pretty much
what we’ve been up to on farm is we’ve been getting our crops all set up.
So aiming to dry our cows off by the end of May, heading into June so that we can
transition them onto fodder beet which they will be wintering on so our cows will be getting this beautiful stuff here.
This is called fodder beet. It’s a high sugar diet. Really good stuff, the cows absolutely love it. But the problem with this stuff is
we have to transition them onto it. If you can imagine yourself having
eaten a shitload of kiwi fruit, you get the shits, don’t you? So it’s the same with cows, they get the shits
and they end up tipping over and dying. So we have to slowly increase it into their diet, so that they get used to it, they transition well, so then we can winter our cows on this stuff here, so really good stuff, really good feed and there’s plenty of options to feeding it as well. So we’ve got to dry off our cow, so we’re drying them off into fat mobs, skinny mobs, any cows that are a little bit older, might be a bit tender under feet they’re going to be dried off and put in a separate mob as well so that we can manage them over
June/July period. We’re also getting rid of our coal cows as well, so any cows that aren’t in calf, they are no use to us here on a dairy farm because obviously they have to be in calf to produce milk, so we end up sending these girls to the
meat works, they get turned into mince. We’re also setting our rosters for June/July. My staff are booking their holidays now so they
can get a bit of a break before calving. And just making sure everything’s all set up on farm for June/July so that we can – we’re obviously going to be a staff member down – and we can, you know, still meet ends
in terms of our workload. G’day guys. This handsome young fella here
is Goody, he’s our manager on the farm so, Goody’s been working with me for how long? Ten months? Ten months and he’s bloody awesome. Ay Goody. What do you like about working here? The first thing is environment, it’s happy.
Always chill, never grumpy on each other. Very good working environment here.
So Goody’s real cheeky so, he’s really cheeky, gives me heaps of shit. And he’s also really scared of – what are you scared of? Mouse. Rat. [laughs] Right guys, this is Goody, you’re gonna
see a lot of us over the next year so you’re gonna be following me, Goody
and the other staff work mate, his name’s Detroit. He’s up at the cowshed water blasting. But I’m sure you’ll see him very shortly. So, I’m Sophie, I’m originally from the UK,
currently in the South Island of New Zealand. Me and my partner are doing a tour of stations, dad’s, anything around the South Island, trying to broaden our horizons and learn a few things. So Dion and I met two and a half, nearly three years ago
now, through Facebook. He saw me on the cover of Countrywide and decided that he was going to marry me one day and here I am. So, he is a shepherd through and through, grew up
on his family farm in Taumarunui, and his mum’s got a kiwi fruit orchard,
real rural guy, loves his hunting and his fishing. And yeah we met three years ago,
and that was that, it was kind of love at first sight. And yeah he’s travelling with me, coming on this epic road trip. We’ve got a rooftop tent, a dog trailer, we can go wherever we want, do whatever we want,
and he loves it and I love that he helps with my dogs. I’m not a dog person, he is, and he also
gives me the chance of going hunting and
experiencing the great outdoors, more than I ever would myself, so he brings out the explorer and the adventurer in me which I love. So we’ve been working at a station for
most of the month of May. It’s
predominately high country stations
there’s 8,000 hectares which is Hills 4,000 hectares, which is loyal
and river flats, and they have 7,500 merino ewes, but the reason they’ve got merinos is the hills are pretty gnarly and you couldn’t climb anything else. 320 breeding cows and, at the moment, they’ve got about 10,000
lambs on the ground which they have on
the irrigation and river bed slats. So I get asked this a lot –
why do you love sheep so much? I just find it fascinating the whole process of farming them, there’s so many different ways. There’s intensive, extensive, there’s more
breeds, there’s meat breeds. There’s you’re an agronomist, you’re a
vet, you’re a scientist, and there’s just so much scope within the industry of all these different careers you experience on a daily basis that I just can’t not love it. So I fell in love about nine years ago with
sheep, which is what brought me to New Zealand. I’ve been documenting it ever since I started really on my Instagram and Twitter, sheepishsophie is what I go by and I basically just post pictures like this. And
for the people that don’t get to see it on a
daily basis like me. I grew up in a city so I didn’t get to see it, so I pretty much have to pinch myself
every time I end up in a situation like this. And yeah, this is how I ended up here really. So we spent the whole of May here in a station. We’ve been basically doing general
shepherding work, moving mobs of
lambs, we put the rams out in the
beginning of the month, which was a bit harder. A lot of jimmying stock around a lot of musters,
and we did have been a crutching, we’re just doing fencing, general day-to-
day farm work kind of thing. We’ve
finished general shepherding, learning
about merinos. We’ve never worked with merinos before
so that was a big, big learning experience. We leave the station in about two weeks
after the TB testing to go and casual on
some other stations around Otago and the McKenzie
country and we’ve just fallen in love with
the place, so over the next 12 months we’ll be traveling around and trying to
keep you updated with what we’re up to, all the different farming
systems, what we’re seeing, what we’re
learning Yeah, we’ve just started here And yeah, another 12 months to go. You