Miss May is a standout `angel’ in the herd

Miss May is a standout `angel’ in the herd

Charlie is a standout `angel’ in the Gee family’s dairy herd at Jerry Plains in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley.

Not only is Charlie the only Brown Swiss in the otherwise totally Friesian herd, she’s the only cow Sammy Gee, 22, has raised as a pet.

Charlie has confirmed her special status by being named Miss May in the 2017 Legendairy online calendar. The calendar is part of Dairy Australia’s celebration of the special bond Australia’s Legendairy farmers have with their animals.

Sammy isn’t sure how the 10-year-old Brown Swiss infiltrated the Friesian herd. “She’s the only one we’ve ever had,” Sammy said. “I don’t know how she came into the herd; we must have bought her and I’ve raised her since she was a calf.”

However it happened, Sammy’s happy that Charlie entered their lives. “She’s very stubborn but really photogenic and loves a good pat,” Sammy said. “She’s just gorgeous.”

Sammy’s created the Facebook page; Gee’s Dairying Stories, to inform the broader community about life on a dairy farm.

“I had a lot of people ask about farming life and what my days are like and about the cows, so I made the page and post photos and videos to show people,” she said.

“People don't really understand the industry and this is my way of showing it.”

Her page shares a similar goal to Legendairy which aims to raise the profile and reputation of the industry so having Miss May on the Legendairy online calendar is a perfect connection. 

“I was totally shocked to win but very happy,” Sammy said.

Sammy plans to forge a career in the dairy industry. “I love the lifestyle and the fact that it’s something new every day,” she added.

“There’s a massive difference between growing up on a farm and in the city and people don’t know enough about it. They just expect their milk to be there in the shop.”