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Qualicum Cheeseworks and HFF! (Set 1 of 2) (+8 insets!)

Qualicum Cheeseworks and HFF! (Set 1 of 2) (+8 insets!)
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Trip Talk: Visiting Morningstar Farm
If you can believe it, on the same day that we went to Englishman River Falls and Little Qualicum Falls, we also visited the Qualicum Cheeseworks! It was actually our first stop because it was a mere 10 minutes' drive from our campsite so we began our day there (I have included a map inset that shows the three locations we visited that day so you can see how close all three destinations were).

I was really excited about visiting this cheesery because it wasn't just a store to buy dairy products from. Instead, the shop was located on their busy farm which was also a totally accessible tour destination. Visitors are offered a self-guided tour map that included clear signage along the way and explanations of what happens on a dairy farm. Other than the complete cow-to-dairy process, there was also petting area to meet farm animals, antique equipment to look at and even a video area with seating to watch their farm presentation! How cool is that?!

Steve and I were extremely impressed by the Qualicum Cheesework's operation. We are fascinated by how things work so getting a chance to look behind the scenes of a dairy farm was so much fun!

Today's Pictures
My main picture isn't really beautiful but it does show the main stars of Morningstar Farm! Every day the cows are fed in the main barn and nearby is a robotic milking system which cows line up to go into! They are treated to the most delicious food inside, individually blended for each cow and based on the data gathered by the special collars they wear!

The process goes like this: a gate opens, a cow enters the milking machine area and the gates close behind her. A milking machine washes and disinfects her udder, attaches onto her teats, checks to make sure the milk is free of issues and then proceeds to milk her. When no more milk is detected from any teat, the machine then detaches and pulls away, the gate in front of the cow opens and out she walks! Meanwhile, the next cow is waiting for the gate to open so she can have her turn! This entire process takes less than 10 minutes per cow and results in content and happy cows which aren't over-milked and have current information on their health and well-being. I invite you to watch this video which shows what a robotic milking operation looks like--it's totally fascinating! Video: how automatic milking works (By the way, you'll also see an automatic rotary brush as an enticement for the cows and Morningstar Farm has one too! It's so funny to watch the cows turn this way and that to get the brush scrubbing exactly the right spot!)

Insets include pictures of a day-old Holstein calf licking Steve's hand and another one which shows it relaxing in its softly bedded stall (there were three other babies for company!); there's a picture of workers using farm equipment with a grain silo in the background, an image of a darling goat and finally three pictures of lovely pair of Welsh ponies relaxing in the warm sunshine.

Pam, I can't remember if you mentioned living on a dairy farm before. I think you grew up on a farm though, yes? You lucky stinker. I know it's a lot of hard work but it was always a dream of mine to live in such a place. It's no wonder the James Herriot books continue to be favorites to this day! I would love to stay at a farm for a week sometime to get the opportunity to experience this life. :) Hey, thanks for your lovely comments on my last presentation--you left me all a-glow! :D *BIG HUGS from southern Oregon* :D

Explored on 2/29/20; highest placement #7.

ROL/Photo, fifi, Holger Hagen, Ulrich John and 42 other people have particularly liked this photo


43 comments - The latest ones
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful composition and a lovely set of rural images.
HFF and a nice weekend Janet.
4 months ago.
 Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38 club
Very nice "report" on the farm !!!!!*****
4 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
HFF and have a nice weekend, Janet. A beautiful rural scene!
4 months ago.
 Kama 56
Kama 56 club
C'est toujours très intéressant de savoir où et comment sont fait les aliments. Pour les vaches dommages quelles ne sont pas dans les champs.
4 months ago.
 Pilago
Pilago club
Janet, HFF! I wish you a good Friday and a very nice weekend!
4 months ago.
 uwschu
uwschu club
HFF Janet, schönes Wochenende für Dich
4 months ago.
 grobi358
grobi358 club
HFF Janet! Enjoy the weekend!
4 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
HFF!
4 months ago.
 niraK68
niraK68 club
HFF and
great PiPs
4 months ago.
 Thérèse
Thérèse club
HFF ,
4 months ago.
 Nathalie D
Nathalie D club
HFF Janet !
4 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
HFF. Très bon weekend. Nicole.
4 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Nice agricultural and equine images Janet
Excellent narrative as always
HFF and a great weekend
4 months ago.
 trester88
trester88 club
Eine schöne Serie über Tiere in der Landwirtschaft, Janet! Mein Favorit ist 1254.
HFF und ein wunderschönes Wochenende!
4 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Lovely pictures of the farm and its animals, Janet !!! HFF and a nice week-end ahead !
4 months ago.
 gezginruh
gezginruh club
Very beautiful series!
HFF and have a great weekend,Janet!

Best wishes
Füsun
4 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Las fotografías buenas, la información también y el vídeo me ha gustado mucho. Por fin un tema de trabajo, porque parece que aquí nadie trabaja y todo es de color rosa. También a mi me hubiera gustado vivir en el campo, aunque tampoco vivo en una gran ciudad.
4 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Lovely and interesting insets! HFF, Janet!
4 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Superb shot!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
4 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
GRANDIOSE Et admirablement rendue
Bon week-end
4 months ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Lovely series of photos, Janet, and the video is wonderful. Have a friend who does the electrical work for these milking parlors. They are impressive.

Had Dave and Jess for supper - some ribeyes we picked up on sale with all the extras. Had the grill out because it was such a nice day.

Spent the day cleaning the car, getting groceries, cleaning camping gear and putting it away. Most of it's done now, so tomorrow should be more relaxing.

Going to leave it at that since I'm really tired and am headed for bed.
4 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Ahah les bons produits laitiers !!! belle série d'images animalière.****************
HFF Janet etun joli WE aussi.
4 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
WHAT A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF HOW FARMING CAN BE DONE.

IT WAS THE FARM OF RELATIVES.. A FREE RANGE POULTRY FARM.. UP TO 400 HENS AT A TIME. A FEW PIGGIES TOO. IT ALSO WAS FARMING AT ITS BEST. WE WERE DOWN THERE MORE THAN NOT. YES.. IT WAS IDYLLIC.. MY FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORIES WERE FROM THERE. THE EGG COLLECTIVIZING ! THE WOODLAND S FULL OF PRIMROSES AND BLUEBELLS.. THE TOTAL FREEDOM .THE FARM KITCHEN ND DOGS AND CATS. A PIECE OF HEAVEN .
4 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Belle image représentatrice ! J'en ai pris une du même style cet été en Auvergne dans une fromagerie de Saint Nectaire, mais je ne l'ai pas encore déposé !!
4 months ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
Belated HFF!
4 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
HFF Janet
4 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
A wonderful series, Janet! It would be just great if all farm animals around the world could experience animal-friendly farming.
4 months ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
A lovely series, the animals look content. Love the pony rolling over:-) Belated HFF and a good weekend, Janet!
4 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
So very interesting, Janet! Happy cows = good cheese!
Enjoy your Sunday.
4 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Something rather different from you today.............I love this interesting peek into life on a dairy farm and cheesworks! The animal photos are delightful, I especially like the 7th PiP with the pony lying on it's back in a lovely pool of light. I also like the 3rd PiP with the farm machinery and the grain silo..........the colours are wonderful. A great video link of the robotic milking too,

A lovely documentary series Janet :-)

I pick up my new (to me) car next week, so I can start to get out and about a bit more - yay!
4 months ago.
 cammino
cammino club
A beautiful series of pictures! I am always happy when I see pictures of farms where the animals are well cared for and the animals are doing well!
4 months ago.
 Chris10
Chris10 club
Hahaha... Wish you a belated HFF by this really wonderful picture Janet!

Greetz and happy weekend, Christien.
4 months ago.
 Ruesterstaude
Ruesterstaude club
Die Tiere sehen sooo gepflegt und sauber aus! Am besten gefällt mir das Pferd im Inset 5, es sieht so zufrieden aus.
Mir gefällt auch, dass du deine Reiseroute zeigst, Janet!
Liebe Grüße!
4 months ago.
 Love Song
Love Song club
Lovely HFF, happy weekend *_* J***********************************
4 months ago.
 Lee & Luv
Lee & Luv club
Love the PIPs :-) Interesting place :-)
4 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh I can see why you had such a wonderful time there, Janet and to have that adorable little calf nuzzling Steve's hand - precious. I watched the video of the automatic milking - those cows seemed completely happy to wait their turn to be milked and as for the brushes to brush their heads - great idea.
4 months ago.
 Esther
Esther club
That is fascinating about the milking process. I've seen the machines before, but never in use. The calf is quite precious.
4 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
thanks for sharing your adventures
4 months ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
Interesting!
4 months ago.
 Vijay Uppar
Vijay Uppar
Most beautiful information and congrats
4 months ago.
 Christa1004
Christa1004 club
When looking at your photo I immediately thought of mine: it is interesting to see that the dairy cows, whether in the USA or in France, live in the same kind of setting ... HFF Janet.
4 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A long way removed from a three legged stool and a bucket !!! I hope you are having a HFF and that you both have an enjoyable weekend
4 months ago.
 ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo club
Magnificent this breeding of cows
look at my last pictures, I was also
see the cows
29 hours ago.

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