A genetic disorder of the eye, which causes loss of vision, has not prevented 81-year-old Harry Gibson from working on his dairy enterprise.
The fourth-generation farmer milks over 300 cows with his son in northern Victoria, Australia.
Harry experienced night blindness and later had difficulty performing tasks such as reading; he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa – degeneration of the retina.
“When I started losing my sight, I managed to work my work around it. I just work my way around it and do what I can do,” he explained.
“It is frustrating, but the cows are all in the normal places in the dairy, so they’re within six inches of, either way, they’re left or right of where they should be.”
“The teats are where they always were, so you feel the front teats with your finger on the edge of the cup and it seems to work alright.”
Memory like a steel-trap
Harry’s son explained that he can disassemble an air-compressor, adding that he can pull-apart something, “figure out what’s wrong and put it back together”.
“He’s got a memory like a steel-trap – he cannot read a phonebook, so he just remembers everything.” his son added.
“To be fair, I couldn’t have done what I did without Diana; she was a doctor’s receptionist and when she became a dairy farmer, she got to really like cows.”
“So, I couldn’t have done what I did without her, that’s for sure,” Harry concluded.
Video courtesy of ABC Rural