Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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the dogs were up in the back hanging on as we rumbled over rough rocky tracks for a farm tour. Still early in the morning, with every new rise of the land we would scare up roos that bound over the hill out of sight until a new batch takes their place.
We stopped to see the rams in the first paddock. As top breeders and showers these 'boys' are some of their pride and joy, and they know it!
Next stop was the 'specials'
Now poo is an important part of animal husbandry – whatever animal you tend. I learned more about chicken's poo during the brief time I kept them than I care to describe. Every day you need to examine (not in detail) as it's one of the best indicators of health. On this sheep farm, they take this one step further.
One of the main jobs today was to collect poo to test for eggs of parasites. Since the 'specials' don't move from paddock to paddock certain pathogens can build up. But we couldn't collect just any poo. Only the freshest will do! This basically meant that we were chasing sheep around holding little baggies under their bums. Squeals of excitement whenever one of us would see a tail lift and we would run over to pick up the warm stickiness
Later in the afternoon, we mashed it all together, took a sample, mixed with salt solution and examined it under a microscope to see the eggs. Good results on 2 groups of sheep. Both very low or non-existent, so there's no need to treat the animals.
In the afternoon, there was nothing to do but enjoy the silence, only broken by the occasional buzz of flies, squack of birds or bleat of sheep under a wide blue sky.
As the sun starts to set, the light splashes all over the clouds creating an artistic masterpiece across the sky. The intensity grew until someone turned out the lights and all of the clouds went grey making room for the stars as they started to blink on one by one.