|30TH September to 16th October 2013
Baldina has purchased another 10 breeding Poll Merino Rams at a cost of around $20k. You would want to be certain of a return on your money with that sort of outlay.
The other rams were brought in from the paddock and they were all put into the “race” and inspected and all are in prime condition and only one had to be treated for a grass seed in his eye.
After walking the rams back to their paddock the dog decided that a ride home would be in order. They love being with Kobey and will take any opportunity to get “up close and personal”.
A neighbour called and said a few of Baldina sheep had jumped the fence into his place and he would hold them for collection. When the boys got there to pick them up a few of them had been shorn and I guess the other bloke kept the fleece as agistment fees. LOL.
We took the Mule for a run and did a firewood run and while Rob was using the chain saw I went for a walk and came across some old wagons. I bet they could tell a story or two.
Kobey and Natalie, along with two very excited kids got away nice an early for their holiday so the first order of the day was check on the water levels in the tanks.
One of the tanks is quite near the old pub ruins so we decided to have “breakfast at the pub”. They do a very good “up-n-go” (breakfast in a drink). Some of the stonework is just lovely. Such a pity that people didn’t take the time to learn from our forefathers to keep the craftsmanship alive.
Just up the way from the pub there is a site that would have once been quite a substantial cabin. The cactus type plants that are there are very large and some quite thick as well. The flower spike alone would have to be about fifteen feet high.
Someone forgot to pay their parking fees and the Ford was impounded and it is still awaiting payment of fines and collection. Think they might have a bit of trouble starting it after all this time though. LOL.
While the Morris family had their holiday Rob and myself, along with Noel and Janet keep everything running smoothly. No dramas and no complaints when the family returned. They were very appreciative of the amount of clearing up and mowing that Noel and Janet did around the homestead and their own cottage and thankfully the Mule was available for Rob and I to take it all to the dump. Easy to do too as it has a tip trailer.
There is always something to do on a working sheep station.
Kobey, his son Jesse (7 years old) and Mia, one of the kelpies mustered 700 sheep into the yards ready to be drafted for the shearing competition at Burra Show. From the 700 only 160 were needed but had to be all of a like size and fleece component.
The truck arrived at 6.30am to load the sheep and take them into town.
The competition was strongly contended and everyone from novices to the “gun shearer” had their turn. In all some 130 ended up being shorn which realised five bales of good quality fleece and two bales of offcuts which still can be sold.
The show was a credit to such a small community.
They did announce that they had more show jumping horses entered than any other show in South Australia.
They had lots of cooking, cakes, biscuits and the mandatory scones and slices. The vegetables and fruit entered was first class.
Every child at the local community school had entered something in the show even if it was only a drawing.
The standard of the poultry section took forever to judge as there were a record number of entries in this category as well. Chooks duck and pigeons of all breeds, shapes and sizes.
They also had a fleece display and one fleece in particular weighed 33kgs and was from a four year growth on a poll merino. Poor sheep must have nearly been buckling at the knees carrying that around.
They had their side shows, camel rides, food stalls and a “You Beaut Ute” display as well.
Getting back to more mundane tasks, it was a butchering morning this morning and 8 sheep were “volunteered” to grace the table of the family and employees.
Rob had never observed this event let alone helped and I certainly wasn’t going to go and watch so 6.30am and it’s Rob to the butcher shop. How could you eat something with such big soulful eyes? Different matter when the body is minus the head, then I can do the butchering and boning with impunity.
The carcasses will hang in the cool room for a week before we cut them up into chops and roasts.
I did harvest the kidneys and liver, so the freezer is well stocked, but drew the line at getting the brains, pity, they are the best part really.
Shearing has been put back a week to the 28th October. If you want the best team then you have to fit in with their schedule and they ended up with more sheep per flock than originally estimated on the other stations
So for the time being it’s just carry on with the day to day things and we can participate, or not, as we choose. We are thoroughly enjoying our time out here and apart from the bloody wind, which has not stopped for any more than a day or two since we have been here (and gale force at times) we have learnt a lot from our new experiences which only goes to back up that old saying “you are never too old to learn”.