Goodbye daylight saving
WHEN the clocks are turned back at 3am across NSW tomorrow, Bexhill dairy farmer Ken Bryant expects to face a twice-yearly problem.
How do you tell the cows?
"Cows are creatures of habit," he explained yesterday.
"They have to adjust just like we do.
"They get used to doing things at a certain time.
"When it starts (in October) it's hard. When you move the time by an hour, initially they don't want to come to the dairy."
But despite the hassle moving the clocks back an hour every autumn, then forward six months later in spring - and the reluctance of the dairy herd to go with the time change - Mr Bryant said he was not fundamentally opposed to daylight saving.
"Some dairy farmers are," he said.
"But I don't mind it in the middle of summer. We can milk; it's still daylight and we can go off to the beach with the kids or something.
"But what you tend to do is keep working."
Mr Bryant said his main gripe was that it went on too long.
"If they cut a month off each end it would be nice," he said.
However outspoken critic of daylight saving Tweed MP Geoff Provest said many people would be glad when it was gone, particularly those living close to the border with Queensland which does not have daylight saving.
The one in three Tweed people who crossed the border for work every day would be glad.
WHAT TO DO
Remember the old saying: Fall back in the Fall and Spring forward in the Spring.
So set the clock and other timekeeping devices back one hour on Sunday morning.
For an easier transition, do it before you go to bed on Saturday night. That way you will wake up to the new time and there is less adjustment.
Sunday 3am will become 2am for any devices that are automatically set. This includes most computers and mobile phones, but telcos and PCs have as much trouble as some cows.
Householders have been urged to use the daylight saving changeover to change smoke alarm batteries and check electrical safety switches.
Master Electricians Australia state manager Jody McGann said tomorrow would provide an ideal date for people to change smoke alarm batteries.
The MEA wants homeowners to check their safety switches.
"Simply open the switch board door and look for the Test button," said Mrs McGann.
"If you don't see a 'Test' button along the row of circuit breakers, you don't have a safety switch."
If you do not have safety switches on every circuit it is imperative to get them fitted as soon as possible.
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