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First collection: 730 litres

August 9, 2008

The milk tanker arrived spot on 7:30am today and emptied our milk vat for the first time this season. It didn't take him long as there were only 730 litres there - still that's safely above the minimum collection volume of 400 litres, and we already have many more cows ready to supply the vat for the next collection.

Now we have to wait for around two days to find out if the milk meets all of Fonterra's milk quality standards. The farm we're working on has a very good milk quality track record so we should pass ok - but anything can happen at the start of the season, especially since we're new to this job.

Now there's another thing to add to my to do list - the vat needs to be cleaned every second day after the milk has been collected.

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A Year On The Farm said "results" on 14-Aug-2008,
Here are the results of that first milk collection
Broken fence to the neighbour's property
An early start on Christmas morning
Cooking dulce de leche
Milk payout drops to $6
Payout to drop further?
Grass cut for silage in front of Mount Taranaki
Sore fingers
Fertiliser truck driving up a grassy hill
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