Neil with his trusty pack of dogs, making short work of separating the lambs from ewes.
The sheep are herded through the dry river bed and into the paddocks. We have to stay a fair bit behind, as sheep are easily spooked. A tiny bit of chaos can waste a lot of time as sheep scatter wildly in all directions.
The dogs will herd the sheep in, but a ute is no slacker.
Leonie calling out to her sheep. Today her favourites didn’t seem to be around.
In the paddock with the cows. And the $10,000 bull.
Lucerne growing in the summer, which will be used for feed in the winter, but mostly for sheep. The cows love it too, but the sheep get preference. The cows will get bailage (hay) instead.
A stopover to check the water troughs. A cow can easily go through 50 litres of water a day and the troughs need to be monitored at least once every two days.
Merino sheep—the most prized wool of all.
The “top dog” gets the rear section all to himself while the rest of the dogs have to share the cramped space up front.
Lambs sit contentedly among the dogs on the ute.
Neil separates the ewes from the lambs. Later in the day, he’ll go through the process of “drenching”. Using a drench gun, an anthelmintic dose is applied into the throat of each sheep to kill internal parasites.
Sheep can fly.
The “rare” flying sheep
Leonie gives a lesson on why this ewe is such a prized animal.