Alex says that is an aspect they have enjoyed about being Open Country suppliers.
“The Milk Supply Managers are always available and it’s not often you’d get access to the company CEO but with Open Country we have that and it’s something we appreciate,” says Alex.
While he praises Bernie for helping to manage their SCC counts, he says Bernie has also been key in helping to maintain their in-calf rates which are now 80 percent within the first six weeks.
“Bernie is now picking the cows for AI which is impressive,” says Alex.
Their small herd is just over half-way through calving.
Bernie says it’s a busy time of year. She starts at 5am bringing the herd into the shed before going to check on the springers and tagging any new calves.
The new milkers are brought into the shed last, to milk colostrum, and then she either helps finish off the milking herd or goes to move the heifers.
“By the time we get through everything it’s lunchtime and then we get ready to do it all over again in the afternoon. It’s busy but I love it,” says Bernie.