Well here I am post dairy farming and not really expecting to continue to write a column anymore but I guess to everyone out their wondering, yes there is a life after farming.
Losing the habits of many years cannot be done overnight, though. For a person who struggled to get out of bed every morning I am now struggling to sleep in and I now fear the early morning call is going to haunt me forever.
The other strange phenomenon I have been experiencing is 3.30itis and no matter where I am or what I am doing, I seem to have an unconscious thought that it is milking time and every time I look at the clock in the afternoon amazingly it is 3.30.
The dogs are adjusting to city life on an acre. The border collie is yet to give up his love of chasing cars but he has had a haircut, put on weight and seems to be enjoying quite a bit of down time relaxing on his doggie bed.
I do miss the cows and the smell of them grazing a paddock and I miss not having calves to rear but luckily in my job, I still get to go out and see and talk to people who are doing a great job on the farm.
There are still many passionate people out there who are doing great things and I hope to be able to talk about that in the future.
While the October rains may have been too late for many, there were some positives out of it. One Waaia dairy farmer I spoke to received 104mm which was perfect for his new lucerne stand. What wasn’t so perfect was the storm damage that went along with it, trees and fences down- but hey that’s farming, two steps forward, one step back!
With the end of the year fast approaching take time to reflect on all the good things you have achieved and most of all take time out over Christmas to cherish your family and friends.
One thing I have learnt this year is no matter what happens, the sun still comes up life goes on and there is always a tomorrow. Merry Christmas everyone and have a safe and happy new year.