The dairy farm near the station in Tokyo blends into the familiar ranch Omata neighborhood in urban life

Exciting car milking experience event

A real cow in a truck

The Saturday morning of March makes you feel the arrival of spring. When a giant truck arrives at the site and the body of the cow-shaped pedestal on the farm opens, a real dairy cow appears from the inside.
A total of six people, friends of Mr. Omata in lanyards, showed up there, and when the set-up was done with one quick motion, it quickly went into the milking experience stage. This is an event organized by the Hachioji Kitano Children’s Center.

Both struggling and crying

About 30 children wanted to experience it going to a loading platform where the cows were milking and milking. Target audiences are infants, mainly 2-year-olds. Everyone was curious about the participation, but from a child’s perspective, the bull was as big as an elephant and very strong. While some children try to get through with their parents, others can’t even touch their chest and start crying, let alone squeezing.
This experiential event is held annually, and looks like this will be the 5th in 2018.

Carrying out events in cooperation with friends

Yukihiro Omata from the nearby Omata Farm, along with dairy farmers and student staff, will join the event and take care of the children. When we receive requests from children’s centers, kindergartens / kindergartens, elementary schools, … in each area, dairy farmers will gather and cooperate to implement the event. These volunteer activities to promote dairy farming in the area have been around for about 10 years.
The truck (Waku Waku Milking Car) is the property of the “Association of Agricultural Cooperatives for the sale of Kanto Raw Milk” and is rented from a garage in Mizuho Town, Nishitama at a time.

Farm Omata in a residential area

10 minutes walk from station, in front of bus stop

Omata Ranch is only a short distance from Kitano Children’s Center. In fact, the area is less than a 10-minute walk from Kitano Station on the Keio Line. There is a normal residential area along a major road where you don’t think there is a farm.
Farm Omata, in front of the second bus stop from the station, is barely visible from the outside, so you won’t know if you drive past it. In fact, it is not uncommon for people to live for a long time in the village but do not know that there is a livestock farm.

Sometimes I get lost on the street and make a fuss

Shortly after Yukihiro’s father opened the farm around 1966, land readjustment was made, and the fields and other ranches and chicken ranches existed. disappear. A large road was built and most of the surrounding area was converted to residential land. Meanwhile, there is an episode where a cow accidentally gets lost on the road and makes a fuss.
However, Mr. Yukihiro doesn’t seem to be very aware of the drastic changes in the Showa era, and he simply accepts that “the environment has remained the same since I was a child.”

Producing fresh milk from Tokyo milk, growing vegetables with cow dung

“Tokyo milk” sold at supermarkets in Tokyo is made from raw fresh milk caught in ranches in the Tama and Hachioji regions. Omata Ranch also provides 600 liters of fresh milk squeezed twice a day in the morning and in the evening (600 bottles in a regular 1 liter paper package).
There are currently 32 cows in total, including adult cows and reproductive cows (calves).
In addition to fresh milk, compost-based vegetables are regularly sold in the market. By the way, her mother, Matsuko, sells homemade veggies at a processed food store at Hachioji-do Station. It has become a popular local “delicious” store.

The second generation took over the farm

After training a caregiver and Hokkaido, he becomes a rancher.

After graduating from school, Yukihiro took up a job as a nurse and then moved on to raising dairy cows. I didn’t go into my parents’ house right away and worked in Hokkaido for three years as a maid (trainee) on various ranches. Then, in 2002, he took over Omata Ranch and became the second rancher. It is said that the location and number of animals raised here are on average in Tokyo.
“I love cows since I was a kid, so I decided to work in dairy farming. It’s a small farm in Hokkaido as well as in Kanto compared to Gunma and Tochigi, but it’s okay if I am. you can do it anywhere in practice. ” I will tell.

The health of the cow is the most important

Basic work from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mr. Omata said that working with a different rhythm from the living rhythm of a city salaried employee was right for him.
As for things to keep in mind, he said, “In metropolitan areas like Tokyo, there is no profit if each cow is unhealthy. How to keep the cows healthy is the most important thing.” “
In recent years, the price of calf has been high, it is difficult to make profits due to high costs, but he is still cheerful and optimistic saying: “I like my job. I will keep going until I can continue ”.

Dairy Education Farm certified farm

After the event at the children’s home, Mr. Omata was very pleased when he and his friends returned to clean up to return the used truck.
In addition to the events, as it is designated by the Association to establish the “Central Dairy Council” as a “certified dairy farm”, we also accept visits to kindergartens and nursery schools nearby at any time.
Omata Ranch is a place where children can interact and “thank” the cows that produce milk. This is a farm that is considered a model of dairy farming naturally integrated into urban life.