Cows have their moody days too
By RENEE REDMOND
WHEN one of Geoff Shearman's cows is feeling sour, he slips them a dose of rescue remedy for their moo-diness.
If they come in with bruised feet, he'll give them something to ease the pain.
The Goolmangar dairy farmer says cows are his livelihood, so keeping them healthy and happy is very important for business.
Geoff said he often used homeopathic remedies for cows with bad mood swings, ticks or bruised feet, rather than using chemicals.
Today is Cow Appreciation Day, an unofficial day, which is recognised internationally.
But for Geoff, every day is cow day.
"I've been here all my life and I started milking the cows when I was about five years old," he said.
For the past eight years, Geoff has adopted homeopathic remedies for his herd of about 200 cows.
"I'm a traditionalist and I was pretty sceptical about the use of natural remedies, but they work," he said.
Geoff said he could always tell when a cow was having a bad day.
"Cows can get quite moody. Most of the cows are usually pretty quiet, but when they're hormonal they'll try and kick you or be a bit skittish," he said.
"Each cow is different and they all have their own personalities.
"Most are quiet and placid, but you get the odd feisty one."
Geoff supplies Lismore-based company Norco with fresh milk, and believes local people should try to support the local industry where possible.
"I think it's important to buy local to keep the industry going strong," he said.