Freestone farmer kept his cool in the face of protesters
DAIRY farmer Phil Christensen is the toast of the Freestone Valley after he kept his cool when 20 anti-meat activists swarmed to his property this morning.
His daughter Nicole caught the incident on camera and uploaded it to social media, prompting Mr Christensen's neighbours to sing his praise.
"The phone was ringing off the hook all morning," he said.
"Everyone in the valley wants to chat."
The incident started about 6.30am after three of Mr Christensen's dairy calves got free before their morning feed.
They ran from his property, down along Bourkes Rd at the same time as a group of anti-meat protesters were returning from a sit-in at Carey Bros Abattoir at Yangan.
Initially Mr Christensen thought the protesters were trying to steal his cattle.
"I saw the calves running down the fence line, then I saw a car pull up, then another and then there was about 20 people down there filming," he said.
"Two of them started swearing and telling me the vegan movement was going to take over the world."
It was a big claim that Mr Christensen thought he had to address.
"I told them it takes a lot of water on good irrigation country to grow the pretty vegetables the supermarkets want," he said.
"We don't have enough irrigation land in Australia to feed people.
"There is not enough land or water and I only get 20inches of rainfall each year."
Through the shouting match Mr Christensen kept his cool but acknowledged there is a lot fear in the farming community following the recent protests.
"I made sure I didn't swear," he said.
"But if they stepped on foot on my place I was going to move them on myself.
"I don't care what the cops would have done to me, even it it took physical force, even if I had to go to jail for it I will.
"I'm defending my property."