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The evenings are just so lovely in Autumn...... week 1 of the school holidays done and dusted😴

I love this#milkbar so good.#nestle #nz #goodness #realmilk

Trip to the farmers market to get our stash of raw milk and cheese. Ellie is making sure that 🧀is up to standard 😂. Knowing where our milk comes from makes me feel happy and content ❤️ Happy 🐄🐄🐄 = happy 🥛🥛🥛 #rawmilkuk #realmilk #rawcheese .
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Kreider's Lactose Free milk won't leave your stomach feeling uneasy. 🥛

It's a beautiful sunny day, why not call in at the milk shed and sit a while to enjoy a Real Milk Ice cream and say hello to the girls?! They're grazing behind the Milk Shed today and tomorrow. They'd love to see you #icecream #realmilk #realmilkco #dairy #organic #montbeliarde #shoplocal

SIMON’S STORY //
Simon's world was rocked a few years ago when he lost a family member to suicide. He says the loss plays on his mind everyday and opened his awareness to the important message regarding mental illness, 'It's ok to get help, just go and talk to someone. This is fair dinkum stuff.’
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Simon coaches his son's football team. This gives him another focus in his life than just dairy farming, which can easily become all consuming. At the local Orbost football field he and his mates can chat and catch up and to Simon, this is his therapy from the hardships of solitary life on his farm in rural Victoria, a long way from Melbourne and from readily available resources regarding mental health.
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Luckily for Simon, farming suits his introverted personality as he enjoys working alone during the day and going home to his wife, Dianne and 4 boys at the end of the day.  He calls Dianne his best friend and says she's been the biggest support through the majority of his 23 years in farming.
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'She's the brain, I'm the brawn. I couldn't do it without her.'
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Simon is still haunted by the death of his family member and realises that, although he's a lucky one, many people out there in his community, are suffering alone with their emotions, 'Get help, talk to someone, don't just keep it all to yourself. It's a dead serious issue.'

Sick leave, carer’s leave, holiday leave...all non existent when you are a dairy farmer.
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You can read Michaela’s story on our previous post.
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If you are needing someone to talk to, please call:
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LifeLine 13 11 14
Beyondblue 1300 22 4636
Men’s Line 1300 78 99 78
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Let thy life have balance #justeatthefood #realmilk #gelato #noapologies

MICHAELA’S STORY //
Michaela is a strong and dedicated dairy farmer from Labertouche. Since having to let go of her full time farm hand two years ago due to the dairy crises, Michaela has been milking on her own. She says that there is a stigma in the community attached to sole female dairy farmers, a stigma that she wishes to blow out of the water, 'Sometimes, when men come to the shed, they look past me to see where my husband is.'
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It was always Michaela's dream to run her own farm. For the past 14 years she's been milking up to 200 cows, raising two children, supporting her husband's shed building business and encouraging other women in isolated careers to talk together and encourage each other.
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'There is alot of juggling in my life. When I'm sick, I just take medication and get on with it. I just have to hope that none of the juggling balls come crashing down. The cows, my family, they need me.'
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Michaela says that during the winter months the struggle to get up each and every morning is real, however, armed with her 'can do' and incredibly positive attitude she pushes on. Michaela's biggest struggle in her own mental health journey is the guilt she experiences as a mother.
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The farm always calls her away to different duties, particularly during calving season. Feeling a sense that she's letting her children down is something she's had to confront. During one particularly tough time, her kids and husband went on a holiday and left Michaela at home to milk alone. But Michaela pushed on through the loneliness, always seeking out other mums who understood her pain.
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'I've survived through fires, floods, droughts and working for a loss during the crises. It's a great lifestyle for the kids, everyday is different and I love working for myself. I wouldn't have it any other way. But it's important to not always put ourselves last. Remember to get off the farm, seek out a friend, any small gesture can help another.'

Sweet Nellie had a baby heifer calf this morning. I knew she was close to giving birth but didn't expect her to calve today. Both Nellie and her baby are doing great!

#creambrookfarm #rawmilk #rawmilkgold #realmilk #grassmilk #grassfed #stauntonva #charlottesvilleva #richmondva #nelliethecow #jerseycow #makeminegrassfed

Hands down the BEST milkshake I’ve ever had. #milkshake #whatdiet #delicious #primavera #realmilk #realicecream

We are getting there!! Red & poofy vulva - this is good.
My daughter- “Mom, your poor Instagram followers. They do not want to see your cow’s vagina.” LOL!

I really think y’all do. 😁

TRINKA - this would be a great day to have a baby cow!
#ReadySetGo #Let’sGo #BabyCow #Birth #FarmFreshForLife #Cow #DairyCow #IWantMilk #Milk #dairy #RealMilk #RawMilk #HomeDairy #Butter #Cream #Ice cream #WhippedCream

It's not every day we get wonder woman in the shop. But this gorgeous little lady came for a @championequestrian hat so she can ride her new pony. 🐎😁
Her family do pretty good ice cream too. Check out @the_real_milk_company in halam 🍦🍦


#ridingwear #safety #helmets
#betasafetyweek18 #beta #shires #championhats #ridinghats #nottinghamshire #littlesizes #takingthetime
#countrystore #local #buylocal #realmilk #therealmilkcompany #localmilk #supportbritishfarmers

Break through those tough exteriors, and you will find people willing to talk, and to help.
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You can read Royston’s story on our previous post.
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If you are needing someone to talk to, please call:
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LifeLine 13 11 14
Beyondblue 1300 22 4636
Men’s Line 1300 78 99 78
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

ROYSTON’S STORY //
They call him Doc at the local football field. Royston and his wife, Kellie are so open about Royston's own struggles with mental illness that he's decided to spread the message that it's ok to admit to struggling and it's ok to seek help and support from both mates and available health services.
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Royston, a second generation dairy farmer, battled his way through the dairy crises and continues to battle through. After suffering headaches and chest pain, Royston visited his GP and was told he had stress. The responsibility to earn a living that would feed both his cows and his family became overwhelming.
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The inconsistency in milk prices and the fact that farmers have no say in this drove Royston into shutdown, 'I took myself to the doc and ended up in hospital. Men around here can be seen as having a tough exterior, but it helps to talk to mates about it rather than bottling it up.'
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Now Royston tries to take his doctor's advice regarding managing his stress level, 'The doc said to have plenty of sex, plenty of holidays and to buy a fast motorbike. Now I deal with things rather than stew over them. Dairy farmers can't always go on holidays and buy motorbikes, but we can take some advice! The hardest part is making the first step and calling someone but once you've done that, you've done the toughest part.'
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So Doc continues to inspire the people in his community with his openness, creating a community that is slowly peeling away the stigma of mental illness and having honest chats about it instead.

Our friends at Acreage have recently launched their beautiful homewares store and cafe in Launceston. Serving lattes with our very own Pyengana Dairy Real Milk...new look bottles coming soon! ☕️🍶🐄 @acreagetasmania seasonal florals in store by @murphybloom 🌹🍂 #prideofplate #pyenganadairy #realmilk #tasmanianproduce

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