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Australian Dairy Slang – They say things a little differently down under.

2014 editors choice graphicThere is no question that Dairy Farmers have a different way of talking. (Read more: Dairy Slang: 22 Phrases That Mean Different Things to Dairy Breeders) However, there are even differences in the slang farmers around the world  use.  One of the most noticeable differences is that used by of dairy farmers in Australia and New Zealand compared to North America.  They certainly have a different way of expressing themselves  down under.

With the assistance of the members of The Milk House, (Read more: Introducing the Milk House – Dairy Breeder Networking on Facebook) here are 20 dairy phrases that have different meanings in Australasia than they have  in North America. Here, in their own words, is what they say in Australia and New Zealand.

Stud – ”The term Stud means a pedigree cow herd here and means a Bull AI company up in North America.”

Dairy – “In North America a dairy is  where someone milks the cows but  down under it is called a cowshed. A dairy  here  is the local corner shop where you can get your food, etc.”

Units vs. Straws – “In North America a straw of semen is often referred to as a unit of semen, whereas we refer to them  straws. (Example “I purchased 20 straws of Goldwyn Semen”)

Paddocks – “We call  the fields, where cows graze,  Paddocks whereas in North American they are called pastures.”

Crook – “A crook in North America refers to  a person who is dishonest or a criminal.  Here it means someone who is gravely ill.”

Thongs – Here we wear  flip-flops, while in North America a thong is a tiny bathing suit.”

Barbie – “In North America Barbie is very unrealistically proportioned doll. In Australia a Barbie is a Bar-B-Cue.”

Bonnet –“For us, a bonnet is a car hood. In North America it is a lady’s hat.

Cracker – “   “Cracker” is the  term we use for a heifer or cow that is very high in conformation whereas in North America a cracker is a thin, crisp wafer often eaten with cheese or other savory toppings.”

Take Out – “In North America food that is cooked and sold by a restaurant or store to be eaten elsewhere is called Take Out. However, down under  this is referred to Take Away. Take Away  in North American would refer to an act of regaining the ball or puck from the opposing team.”

Topping –  “The process of cutting the grass in a pasture or paddock is called topping but in North America this this is called bush whacking. Toppings in North America are  something you put on an ice cream sundae or pizza.  Moreover, the brush mower used to do the topping in Australasia is called a slasher.  In North America a Slasher is a horror movie, especially one in which victims (typically women or teenagers) are slashed with knives and razors.”

Pitchfork – “In North America a pitchfork is a farm tool with a long handle and sharp metal prongs, used especially for lifting hay.  In Australasia, a Pitchfork is a ‘grapple’.”

A Uniloader –“For us, a uniloader  is a small tractor with lift arms used to attach a wide variety of labor-saving tools or attachments is called a uniloader in North America they are called kid-steers or bobcats.”

Commercial – In North America a milk producer who is who not as focused on animal breeding is considered to be a commercial producer. In Australia a commercial only refers to  the ads that come on during a  favorite TV show.”

Sookies  “We refer to our  calves  as Sookies.   Also, they are often called Poddys, which sounds like something North American’s call restroom facilities  for  young children.”

Bulk Tank – “In North America a Bulk Tank is a cooling tank. It is a large storage tank for cooling and holding milk at a cold temperature, until it can be picked up by a milk hauler. In Australia and New Zealand , this equipment is called a Vat.”

Crushes – “North American headlocks  are referred to as Crushes here.”

Open vs. Empty –“A heifer who is not in calf in North America is referred to as being Open. That heifer, for us, considered Empty.”

A Milk Shed –“ In North America a shed is a simple roofed structure, typically made of wood or metal, used as a storage space, a shelter for animals, or a workshop.  Here  a shed is a milking parlour and nd a parlour is somewhere Australians and New Zealanders go to have their afternoon tea.”

The Bullvine Bottom Line

While the specific terms that dairy farmers use the world over can be very different, the one thing that we all can say for sure is, “Dairy  passion and purpose unites us all!”

Know more dairy slang?  Be sure to share it with us.


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