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1ClassyLady 68F
3120 posts
11/27/2018 11:37 am
The farmer family own 1,200+ acres of land and a villa

We visited a farmer family that own 1,200+ acres (both sides of high way, 3 mountains) and 500+ cows and 7 bulls (for reproduction), 27 donkeys, 5 houses and a villa and vineyard and "extra virgin olive oil", dogs, cats, ....., etc.

Each cow has numbers on its ear and the computer has the record of each cow's birthday and how many calves' mom. Sometimes, one or two bulls of 7 bulls have been rented for other farmer for few nights for reproduction. The farmer don't waste cow's dumping, they piled-up dumping for next Spring time to plant olive tree as fertilizer. Cow provide milk and raise calf and meat for sale. They said they don't sell cow under 2 for veal. They sell cows after 2 y/o, they call the butcher over to select the cows and sold to butchers and killed for meat (beef) for restaurants.

Photo 3: They have 27 donkeys. There are 5 donkeys for visitors to have donkey ride. I didn't have donkey ride but walked on rocky country road that hurt my feet and shoe. I walked too long distance, I should ride the donkey.

They built 5 houses in that vast land and a beautiful villa. Photo 4 is the ceiling painting of the villa and photo 5 is one of the villa paining on the wall. The villa has 8 bedrooms.

From 2nd week of October to first half of December (2 months) is "olive tree harvest time". They have 1,200 acre of land for vineyard and some olive tree. Photo 6 and 7: They have machine to squeeze out olive oil that been called "Extra Virgin Olive Oil" means "First Pressed Olive Oil".

Honesty is the best policy.

1ClassyLady 68F
3289 posts
11/27/2018 12:05 pm

This farmer family has the largest land that we have visited. They have to learn how to be a veterinarian, which cow is pregnant, which cow is about to give birth, help cow to deliver calf, put a number for the newborn calf..... Put all the information in the computer. When cow is over 2 years old, sell to butcher for meat, that is their income. Every day clean up the cow's living area, milk the cows, feed them, pile up cow's dumping (very stinky). I have many mosquito bites at my wrists and ankles. They said they hire many refuges to work at farm, vineyard and olive tree and take care cows. They are very busy. No Italian want to work for those jobs, so they hire refuges or poor people from neighbor countries.

Honesty is the best policy.