Painting the Town Pink
Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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Now it took a little education for us, as the serrated tussock doesn't look that different from native tussocks. But soon we were off with backpacks of chemical strapped to our backs and spray wands in hand
easily get off track.
After painting the fields pink, it was time to get ready to paint the town red. Well, we got 'the girls' ready.
Yesterday, we separated out 8 lucky ewes who will go to the Yass Show on the weekend. We learned about desirable quallities for show merino sheep: nose shape, back straightness, bonnet shape, leg stance, etc. We learned the appropriate way to separate the wool for viewing without damaging it and we were even able to tell the difference between superfine and ultrafine by sight! (Something like 15 microns in width). We also learned how to tell the age of the sheep by the number of their teeth. Now with the best of the best separated out, it was time to give them some finishing touches and prepare them for the show.
Some of these sheep have never worn a halter before, or been held on a lead
We also did up their wool. This meant trimming off little scraggly bit of wool sticking out beyond the bulk and sculpting the overall shape. It also meant trimming off any dags and fribbs.
Then it was our turn. Since it's a long weekend (Monday is Canberra day) we've been invited to the neighbours for a good old Aussie Barbeque!