Subject: NT's moo-sive milk donation

Sunday Territorian (Australia)

July 18, 2004 Sunday

NT's moo-sive milk donation

A HERD of 32 dairy cows have been donated to help provide fresh milk daily to 5000 East Timorese children.

Perkins Shipping will transport the 32 Jersey fresian heifers and two bulls from Darwin to Dili next Saturday to boost milk production at the Timor Dairy in Fuiloro -- 260km east of Dili.

The project was started by the Kiwanis Club in Brighton, Victoria, and has been helped by Kiwanis Clubs in the Territory.

Casuarina Kiwanis incoming vice-president Alison Land said the fresh milk was crucial for the health of primary school children in East Timor.

Ms Land said her club has helped coordinate the transportation of the dairy herd and their stay at Santavan Farm, 50km south of Darwin.

She said the cows, which have been bred specifically for tropical climates, were purchased by funds raised by Kiwanis from herds in Victoria.

A total of $7700 has been raised for the project by Kiwanis clubs in the NT.

The cows are expected to boost production at the Timor Dairy from 180 litres to 250 litres a day.

About 1000 kids are given milk from the dairy, transported in a $75,000 truck donated by Ford.

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