Visitor from Estonia loves farming life
KRSTJAN Kalbri is not a king, prince or even a duke.
But he said if he wasn’t milking cows on a Monto dairy farm he would “probably still be at home, just helping mum out at the castle”.
Mr Kalbri’s mother manages an Estonian castle and he helps out with the hunting tours, parties and three-day weddings.
“It is quite extravagant, it’s a lot of fun though, getting to meet everyone who comes through,” he said.
“I do miss Estonia, but I really like experiencing this while I can. Australia has nothing in common with Europe, in a good way!”
As well as working in the castle, Mr Kalbri also worked in a robotic milking facility.
But he said it was very different to his first farm stint in Australia, on a 24,000 acre property near Roma.
“I would sometimes drive 100km to and from a job at work. I would not even
think of doing that in Estonia, you can drive across the whole country in three or four hours,” he said, with a laugh.
“I also never knew how much to appreciate a cowboy hat! But now I wear one every day after my ears got so burnt one day in Roma.”
Mr Kalbri has been in Monto for three weeks now, milking cows at Vanessa and Craig Radel’s farm.
“It’s nice work, I like being out in nature,” he said.
“On the weekends I might go walking in Cania. I saw a goanna this weekend, they are very nice.
“But I think the animals are easy to get used to. The first time mustering in Roma I saw a pack of about 20 kangaroos and I thought it was very special. But then I realised there were probably more kangaroos on the farm than cattle!
“I hope every backpacker gets to have these types of experiences.”
One of the things Mr Kalbri said he has been most struck with was the friendliness of Australians, a quality that made him suspicious to begin with.
“It’s hard to get used to people being so friendly. But I think a bit of it might rub off on me in the end, it’s a good thing I think,” he said.
Mr Kalbri’s next stop after Monto will be Perth, where he hopes to celebrate his birthday before applying for a second year Visa to stay in Australia.