Cora Lynn Sheep Round Up, Arthur’s Pass

by | New Zealand, Photography

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass
Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

Neil with his trusty pack of dogs, making short work of separating the lambs from ewes. 

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

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. 

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

The dogs will herd the sheep in, but a ute is no slacker. 

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass
Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

Leonie calling out to her sheep. Today her favourites didn’t seem to be around. 

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

In the paddock with the cows. And the $10,000 bull. 

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass
Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

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. 

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

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. 

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

Merino sheep—the most prized wool of all. 

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass
Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

The “top dog” gets the rear section all to himself while the rest of the dogs have to share the cramped space up front. 

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass
Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass
Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

Lambs sit contentedly among the dogs on the ute.

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass
Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass
Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass
Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

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.

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass
Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

Sheep can fly.

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

The “rare” flying sheep tongue-out

Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass
Wilderness Lodge, Arthur's Pass

Leonie gives a lesson on why this ewe is such a prized animal.