Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Frontier Dairy

I am often amazed by what people who seem to have very ordinary jobs end up actually doing when they go to work. You know what I mean: the orthopedist who fixes your kid's broken arm and who, you accidentally discover, spends two months out of the year in Eastern Europe treating scoliosis sufferers pro bono or the corporate IT geek who spends half his work day hacking into your bank's finacial network trying to steal your savings. The world if full of people who, for one reason or another, aren't necessarily doing what you thought they were doing during the normal pursuit of their profession.

I was, Ahem, inspired to make this deep observation after seeing these photos of a dairy operation in Kazakhstan. They were taken by a fellow whose company, Fisher & Thompson, set up the milking room at Hendricks Farms and Dairy where I ply my salami skills. Mr. Fisher sent them attached to an email to Trent Hendricks who then forwarded it all to me. He wrote

I spent 11 days in Kazakhstan (old Soviet Union) last week. I asked to be part of a team to do a dairy development program.
The goal was to develop sustainable agriculture (especially grazing) and eventually set up several model dairies for the locals there to learn from.I visited the largest Airshire [sic] dairy in the world. 7000 animals! 10 miles from Siberia.

Take a look at the “summer milking” facility.

Ayrshires, BTW, are the same breed of cow that live provide all of the milk for Hendricks Farms and Dairy.

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