Elevated above the famous Dorrigo Plateau, the Beaumonts enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lush, green countryside
Dairy farming is in Paul Beaumont’s DNA. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, the third-generation dairy farmer has worked his whole life in dairy on the family farm in Dorrigo, New South Wales, that his grandfather cleared himself – by hand – some 80 years ago.
In 2007, Paul took a step back from the milking side of the business to focus solely on rearing heifers. The prospect of a brand-new herd of A2-certified cows, however, lured him back to milking in 2013. He’s been supplying a2 Milk™ ever since. The return to milking was an exciting moment for the Beaumont family. So much so that Paul’s grandma cut short her Gold Coast holiday so she could be at the farm to greet the family’s new herd of A2-certified cows when they arrived.
Elevated above the famous Dorrigo Plateau, the Beaumonts and their cows enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lush, green countryside as far as the eye can see. Climate wise, the local area experiences one or two floods per year, on average, boasting one of the highest rainfalls in Australia.
With early rises and long days, hard work’s a given on the Beaumont farm – something Paul says he wouldn’t have any other way. His mum, Judy, helps with the milking each morning – at 4am! – while his dad, Kevin, usually helps out with the afternoon milking. Paul’s wife, Leah, also chips in, as well as caring for their young daughter, Evelyn, who absolutely loves life on the farm.
Paul and his family currently have around 150 head of cattle – though he says they could comfortably support up to 300. With a longstanding history in the area, the Beaumonts are an intrinsic part of the Dorrigo farming community. Milking normally lasts for around an hour. After that, the Beaumont’s a2 Milk™ herd returns to graze on the lush, green pastures of the family farm. Paul then ducks home for breakfast before attending to his other daily farming duties.