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TAS Country : July 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010 Tasmanian Country 11 Dairying BUSY: The Lane family with Adam, left, mum Jan and dad Terry. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE When I was a kid and called him dad he'd ignore me so I learnt to call him Terry, that way he'd take notice.' The only time Jan and Terry sit down during the day is when they eat. Jan is passionate about cows and farming. She has always dairied. She came off a North-West dairy farm to marry Terry who hails from Ouse. Adam works quietly alongside his dad in the dairy. Adam calls his father Terry, not dad. ''When I was a kid and called him dad he'd ignore me so I learnt to call him Terry, that way he'd take notice.'' Adam said. Winter milking, feeding and conditions on the dairy farm do not attract people to the industry, Jan said, adding: ''No other person would work in the conditions we do for the money we get.'' The Lanes average 37c a litre for their milk. ''We should be getting a $1 a litre,'' she said. Describing the freezing winter mornings, Jan said: ''When you are opening and shutting gates, they're frozen over. Sometimes your hands stick to them.'' Jan said she often hangs on to the milk downpipe to get the circulation in her hands going again. Down on the riverbank at Whitehall is an old log. ''Years back, Whitehall was orchards and they used to cart the fruit down to the river and then freight them by barge down to IXL in Hobart,'' Jan said. ''The log they used for the ramp is still there.'' RCNA, Australia s peak professional nursing organisation, is proud to partner t e Australian o ern ent as t e fund ad inistrator for t is progra freecall: 1800 116 696 c lar rc a r a rc a r a RCNA r re f r at el l ty r t a ly f r a c lar : AGED CA E G C A D A E A C E AGED CA E tral a er e t f ded c lar are a a la le f r tral a c t ze r er a e t re de t : A k g g . A g g A g / .
August 5th 2010