The Sacred Cows of Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island cows are almost sacred. Anyone can have one, so long as they have 2 acres of land for each one owned.
* They have to be registered and their registration identity card is attached to one of their ears.
* Cows can be kept on the owner’s property or be allowed to roam at will, mostly in groups.
* They have the right of way on the roads. Drivers have to slow right down or stop to allow whatever time it takes to for the road to clear of cattle before proceeding on their way.
* People walking along pathways have to watch where they tread as there are cow-pads everywhere.
* There are two butchers on the island so the cattle are mainly bred for their meat.
* They are also used for milk but it is not allowed to be sold as there are no pasteurisation facilities on the island.
* However, brothers, John and Glen Christian, use island milk to make magnificent cheeses – truly world class.
* They run a tour to their ocean side property where guests learn about the novel way they are milking cows and the processes involved.
* The visit includes sampling the range of world class cheeses on the veranda of Glen’s home, along with local honey, jams and complimentary wines.
* For a great take-home present, visit the sweet shop in Cascade Road. Its every child’s dream – and it sells super-hot, chocolate and chilli cow-pads wrapped in cellophane. They are the kind of gift that puts a smile on everyone’s faces!