Paddy Ardock at the dairy, Cherbourg Aboriginal Training Farm 1946

Paddy Ardock was a long time worker ay the dairy farm. Every morning and afternoon he would bring the jersey cows in and help milk them.

1946 — A modern dairy farm and a piggery are established.
By 1944 the dairy herd were Jersey cows, their milk the best for cream for butter production. Cream and milk was sold to the South Burnett Co-op and the Murgon Butter Factory. Milk also supplied the officials, the hospital and the dormitories.
The piggery uses skim milk from the dairy and grain from the farm. Pigs are sold to the Darling Downs Co-operative Bacon Association in Toowoomba.


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