Alan, Shannon, and Julie Clark from Caniaba, with there Guernsey cows at this years North coast National.
Alan, Shannon, and Julie Clark from Caniaba, with there Guernsey cows at this years North coast National. Doug Eaton

Meet mooing milk makers at the North Coast National

DAIRY farmers mooved their cattle into Lismore Showgrounds for the first day of the North Coast National Dairy Spectacular yesterday.

Julie and Alan Clark from Caniaba were getting their guernsey dairy cows cleaned up and ready for judging.

They breed Clarkdale Holstein and Sunny Valley Guernsey cattle and have been dairy farmers "since they were born".

It was obvious by how comfortable they are around their cows just how passionate they are about what they do.

They are no strangers to competition, with their cattle taking out best show cow more than once before.

It hasn't gone to their heads - Alan, Julie and their children continued to tend prized cows Diamond and Virginia while being interviewed. Each cow produces up to 40 litres a day.

Chief dairy steward Noela Wyatt said dairy cows are grouped by age and judged on how close each is to the breed's ideal.

Guernseys are judged on "dairy character" which assesses body characteristics good for producing milk, body capacity and feet, legs and udder.

Alan encouraged showgoers to come and look at their prize cattle today - the final day for the dairy cattle before they are replaced by beef cattle.

"We'd love people to come down and have a look and see what the cows are like up close," Alan said.

Ms Wyatt agreed and said it was important for those visiting the North Coast National to get a glimpse of agriculture that is definitive of our region.

"It's important for people to come along and see where their milk comes from," she said.

"The country show is about seeing what's happening in your community, so it's good for people to come over and support your local farmers."

Guernseys are renowned for the rich flavour of their milk and docile disposition.

The Dairy Spectacular will continue today and you can visit for free.



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