Vis­i­tor from Es­to­nia loves farm­ing life

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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

Krstjan Kal­bri

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.

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