Milking in the dairy shed at El Paso Farm
Milking in the dairy shed at El Paso Farm Jodie Locke

Snapshot of a day in the life of a Darling Downs dairy

AS Gladfield dairy farmer Gary Christensen looks across his cows grazing in the paddock, he thinks about how nice the view is.

The El Paso Farm owner has opened up his dairy to Warwick photographer Jodie Locke to capture and share with the world.

Mrs Locke was asked by Australian, a Facebook page, to capture a day in the life of a local dairy farm.

At 3.30pm she put on her boots and headed out to the dairy farm.

"I follow him (Gary) through the whole milking process, from the paddock up to the dairy shed and through it," she said.

"It's just amazing the cows come out of the gate and walk on up."

The budding photographer said the project wasn't about the negativity surrounding dairy farmers, instead she wanted to focus on the beauty and lifestyle.

"I didn't want to make a political statement," she said.

"It's absolutely beautiful out there."

Using a camera she won in a Warwick Daily News competition, Mrs Locke spent several hours capturing life on the dairy.

"With the new shed they have out there, what used to take four hours twice a day takes roughly two hours," she said.

The photos have been seen, liked and shared by hundreds of people on social media.

For Mr Christensen, it's a small insight into his everyday routine.

"It happens everyday - rain, hail or shine," he said.

"It's definitely a lifestyle."

Born and raised into the dairy industry, the Gladfield farmer said he believed it was important for people to see what happens behind the scenes of a dairy.

"I honestly believe a lot of the town folk need to see what goes on understand how much work goes on," he said.

"A lot of them just sit at home and think milk turns up in a bottle."

Mr Christensen said it was easy to take the beauty of his farm for granted.

"I never get tired of my view," he said,

"It's a nice part of the world out here - pretty much paradise valley."



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