The Billing Farm now runs a herd of 190 cows, producing around 1.1 million litres of a2 Milk™ a year
The Billing Farm is a genuine family affair. In fact, a2 Milk™-certified farmer Tim Billing has lived his whole life on the family farm and he and his wife, Vicky, hope their children will carry on the tradition one day.
With the road running through the property named after them, the Billing family has a longstanding history in the area.
Located just outside of Dorrigo on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, the farm, itself, was originally purchased by Tim’s grandfather in 1946 – while Tim’s father was serving in Papua New Guinea during WWII – and started with just seven cows and no electricity. Now 91, Tim’s father lives on the neighbouring property.
From its humble beginnings, the Billing Farm now runs a herd of 190 cows, producing around 1.1 million litres of a2 Milk™ a year.
Morning milking’s particularly busy. The milk is collected by truck at 7am each day and it takes Tim 2.5 to 3 hours to milk 130 cows – during which he likes to talk to his a2 Milk™ girls. While he’s normally up at 3am and starts work at 4am, Tim rises as early as 1.30am during irrigation. The afternoon milking normally runs between a much more civilised 3.30-6.30pm.
Tim also likes to keep a few bottles of fresh a2 Milk™ handy in a small refrigerator in the dairy and enjoys the occasional milk-and-cookies break during milking.