Thursday, January 11, 2018

Week 4, day 4

I live on a dairy farm. The two most challenging things about being a farmer is the weather and
the milk price.

Living on the west coast has a few disadvantages for farmers, like the weather. At the moment we
are getting rain which is very good, we need rain to help grow the grass and crops, but sometimes we get
too much rain and not enough sun.

The milk prices are low at the moment. Dairy farmers income depends on the world market
and we don't get to choose the price of the milk.

Yes I definitely would like to be a farmer because I know what it is like


  1. Kia ora Caitlyn,

    It is great to see you have used paragraphs to organise your ideas. I like how you have used different paragraphs to further explain how the weather and milk prices make farming challenging. It's great when you can use your own knowledge and experiences for activities like this one. It always makes the activities a little easier to complete, don't you think? Maybe you can think about adding some pictures to this blog post to add more colour to it. :)

    In Auckland, we don't have as many farms as you do in the West Coast. I've been to my friends farm before, but she only had a handful of cows so I don't quite know what it's like living on a farm. What is the best thing about living on a dairy farm?

    Keep up the great blogging!

    Noho ora mai,

    Emiely :)

    1. Hi Emiely

      What I love about living on a farm is that there is always something going on and I love looking after the cows and calves. When calving time comes around we are always so busy (it is the busiest time of the year) helping Mum & Dad.

      From Caitlyn :)

    2. Kia ora Caitlyn,

      I bet you are a big help at home. I'm not too sure what calving time is. What are some things you have to do during calving time? I'm quite the city girl (if you haven't noticed already), but I think that living more rural and on a farm is an awesome lifestyle. :)

      I've heard that there is quite a lot of flooding down in the West Coast. I hope you and your family are staying safe and dry! How is your farm looking? Not too flooded I hope. Look after yourselves!!!

      Noho ora mai,

      Emiely :)

    3. Hi Emiely

      Calving time is in August and the start of september. I help Mum feed the calves in the afternoon once I get back from school and then in the weekends our family gets the cows and calves in from the paddock. Then we put the calves into the pen with all of the other calves and the mums go to a paddock which has all of the others cows.

      There has been quite a bit of flooding in greymouth but lucky for us we live down the valley. The rain has been really good for our grass and crops, since we have been having a drought.

      From Caitlyn:)

    4. Kia ora Caitlyn,

      Thanks for describing some of the things you do during calving time. I've learnt a lot about calving time. Thank you! It certainly does sound like a very busy period of the year, but I'm sure your parents really appreciate your help. I bet the calves are really cute. :)

      I'm relieved to hear you're safe and dry and that there is a positive side to the flooding. I hope your crops and grass grow and grow and GROW!

      Noho ora mai,

      Emiely :)


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