The Singapore Cold Storage Dairy Farm was just a stone’s throw from Princess Elizabeth Estate.
I can recall back in the late 1960s that, at times, they let some of the cows roam around PE Estate!
Why they did this was beyond me as the Dairy Farm had a huge expanse of pasture land.
I remembered seeing the cows grazing on Hillview Circus and along the centre road dividers of Hillview Avenue. The road dividers then were large and turfed and you could see the scattered bovines calmly settled down on the grass patches mulching their cuds.
Occasionally, the herdsmen would even lead their animals onto the fields that separated the housing blocks at PEE. I don’t recall seeing the cows there myself but I do know that they must have been there because you can see evidence of their feeding all over the fields later. (cow dung!)
This morning, these thoughts flashed back when I passed the open field beside Jurong Point.
There were cows grazing on that field!
This is not the first time that I saw these cows though. They had these same cows a year ago.
In fact, they were such a sight that many were stolen and this year they placed a sign saying “Area under surveillance” !
Cow rustling in Singapore? Well, not exactly.
These were the cows I saw this morning.