Milking demonstration attracts show crowd
Milking demonstration attracts show crowd

City children got the chance to find out where their milk comes from at the Perth Royal Show this week.

But they had to wait for farmer Damian Foley’s dog Angus to get his daily milk fix before they could take their turn to milk Bridie the Friesian cow.

Mr Foley, education co-ordinator at the Show, said Angus often followed the milk bucket around because he loved the stuff.

He said the milking demonstration, held several times a day at the Show, attracted crowds of 100 to 150 people and those wanting to have a go at milking were aged from very young to 82.

Bridie, from a small dairy farm in Byford, was chosen for the demonstrations because she was “as mellow as they come”.

Emma Boyd, 9, of Bull Creek, said milking a cow had changed the way she thought about the milk she put on her cereal in the morning.

“It was kind of weird,” she said.

“I did not expect it to be warm like that.”

Alexandra Stein, 8, of Bayswater, said she had thought it would be harder to do. “It was fun,” she said.

The Show closes tonight after eight days, including an opening weekend in which bumper crowds flooded Claremont Showground.

Perth Royal Show spokeswoman Maryanne Shaddick said many people had taken advantage of free entry for children, funded by the State Government again this year.

But she said it was evident that train disruptions from Wednesday had put some people off.

“We have still had very solid crowds since then, but there has been a marked difference,” Ms Shaddick said.

The West Australian

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