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TAS Country : November 11th 2010
mber 12, 2010 17 an a two-horse race ANIMAL MAGNETISM: Paul Geard with the some of the Green Glory Holstein herd. Paul's son Ben now runs the dairy side of the operation. HOOFING IT: The Geards' Jay Bee's Gee Gee, ridden by Stephen Maskiell, wins the Maiden Plate at Elwick on November 2. STEADY SUPPLY: Paul Geard with the special two-litre bottle of milk presented by National Foods after 50 years' continuous service. ''We were happy that we still had things around us,'' he said. ''We did lose a lot of hay and fencing, but we still had stock and we didn't lose any of our main buildings. The next- door neighbours lost their dairy.'' The Geards milk between 250 and 270 cows all year round to fill the contract they have with National Foods. ''National Food require milk every day of the year,'' Paul said. ''Some people supply seasonal, we don't, it's always been our practice -- we've always milked 365 days.'' These days Paul and Elizabeth's son Ben is in control of the milking. ''Ben's very keen, I don't know about the grandchildren yet,'' Paul said. ''All our children, when they turned 10, had to front up to the dairy on the weekend. ''One of the daughters didn't want to turn 10, but they had to do their share. ''They could put the cups on, do the hosing down, feed the calves, feed out and move irrigation pipes. ''When they were 10 and 12 they were driving on the farm vehicles. ''They knew how to drive long before they went to get a licence, it was part of farm life and we've always involved them and kept them involved in it.'' Elizabeth said she felt blessed to have five children and 16 grandchildren. Christmas is celebrated at Jordan House where they have anywhere from 12 to 25 people sitting down. ''We stay put and they come to us,'' Elizabeth said. Paul said they had put their lives into their land and they would like it to continue, but they say it is up to the family. ''We hope that it happens,'' he said. ''Ben didn't get pushed and he was keen to come on to the farm.'' Paul said he had been at odds with management over the recent direction of the Royal Hobart Show away from agricultural pursuits. ''We're bringing acts from the mainland and it costs a lot of money,'' he said. ''We're actually paying them to come here. ''The cattle exhibitors are paying to be there and putting their cattle on show for the public. A lot more people enjoy looking at the cattle than they do at the motorbikes, which cost $10,000 to bring over. ''I'll be working to see if we can help these people to come back.'' Elizabeth said they used to give milk straight from the cow in cups to schoolchildren, who used to line up for the privilege. ''Because the numbers were down this year Ben took a dozen calves along and put them in the shed and they were a real hit with the children,'' she said. ''There were children lined up and looking at those calves all day, hopping over the fence and patting them and handling them.''
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