Life through a lens

By Geoff Adams on February 28, 2017
  • Life through a lens

    Dawn breaks over a cold morning on the Moritz farm.

  • Life through a lens

    Caitlyn Moritz, 12, braces herself to handle the high pressure hose while cleaning down the dairy yard at her family's farm.

Stanhope Fonterra supplier Renae Moritz has taken time out of her day to capture images of a typical working day on the farm.

Renae has agreed to generate some photos for a feature in Country News, and for the mural being planned for a wall at the redeveloped Stanhope Fonterra factory.

Country News provided a small camera for Renae to use but, being an amateur photographer, she hauled out her own camera and spent a little extra time capturing her animals, her hard-working children and the antics of the farm animals.

The result is a fascinating ‘day in the life of’ glimpse into a dairy farm.

Sick animals being treated, cows giving birth, farm pets getting up to mischief and the poignant moments in the landscape when everything seems to go quiet.

‘‘There are times when I absolutely love it,’’ Renae said.

‘‘I remember standing in the paddocks one night and watching the stars and I wouldn’t be anywhere else in the world.

‘‘Then there’s the days when the cows fall over in the shed and the calves get out!’’

Over the next few weeks, Country News will publish the pictures in our weekly paper, and also in the next Dairy Direct magazine.

The images will also be available for the Fonterra Stanhope mural project.

The 30m by 5m wall mural, with the theme of ‘Legendairy Stanhope: Proud People, Proud Community’, will celebrate cheesemaking history dating back to the 1920s, along with a rural community known for its dairy farms and agricultural abundance.

People of all ages are being asked to submit photos that highlight the theme, and every entry received will then be captured forever on the mural.

The mural will be unveiled to the community in mid-2017.

■ Submit your photo/s with a short description via the website www.legendairystanhopemural.com

Entries close, Friday, March 17.

If you can’t submit your digital photo online, send an email to [email protected]

By Geoff Adams on February 28, 2017

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