Here at The Pines we have dairy cattle (obviously) but we also have a number of beef cows that we raise. Our Dairy cows prefer the prime grazing in paddocks that are strip grazed and slashed regularly, while the beef can be grazed on slightly rougher terrain. So, what’s the difference between cows? It’s a bit like comparing a Swimmer with a Weightlifter; both have similar characteristics like broad shoulders and upper body strength; but both do very different things.
We often get asked about our cows. What kind are they? How do we breed them? How many do we have? How much milk do they produce?
Well…. The Pines has been a predominately Holstein herd since the 1950’s when Kels’ Grandfather decided to move on from using the Illawarra Shorthorns and mixed breed cattle that had previously featured in The Pines milking herd. He gained interest in the Holstein breed due to their larger frames, higher quality & quantity of milk, and their ability to adapt to environmental conditions.