However by the 70’s the Bails was now too small for the milking herd. A new state of the art Herring Bone Dairy was built down the road which sped up the milking process considerably.
From then on the Bails went into a gradual decline, languishing as a storage shed and then an area to rear calves. The continuous Millaa Millaa wet weather and white ants slowly destroyed the wooden structure whilst the rusting roof initially gave it character, and then as holes appeared, sped up the deterioration. Each cyclone we had blew a bit more away until Fabian and his 60 ton excavator pulled it down in a matter of minutes.
Like all things in life we have a choice to be either sad about the end of an era or perhaps see it as a new start.
The old Bails is gone but a new processing facility is being built in its place. Like the bails in the 1950’s it is state of the art but a few lessons have been learnt. The new shed has tilt panels and concrete walls that will make it fire and cyclone proof, resistant to the wet weather, and should blunt most white ants’ teeth.
This new shed will usher Mungalli Creek dairy into the future. it will allow us to process more milk and make a wide range of new products, that may include a wider range of fermented foods, cheeses, butter, creams and ice cream.
Perhaps we should name the new processing shed “the New Bails” in remembrance of the pioneer that went ahead of it.