A Great Day On The Farm
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Over the course of an action packed morning, we learnt about the sheering process and even found out how to separate 12 ewes from a flock of 1000 – grab their legs with a big metal hook and pick them up and chuck them in to a different field
Later, with the river water levels rising fast Jimmy flung us into action. Polly and I made a complete pig’s ear of removing a fence, maybe it was the herd of chasing cattle that put us off. Apparently they were just very friendly and tame milking cows, but they looked pretty scary to us.
I think however, the dogs are the most amazing part of the job. Each farmer has at least 5 or 6, a selection of Huntaways and heading dogs and they are essentially the tools of his trade. Jimmy explained that they all have completely different personalities and excel at different jobs. He had a series of different whistles and instructions which mean right/left/stop etc and it was incredible to see the dogs respond. We couldn’t believe that despite the facts that they are working animals, who permanently live outside, they are so friendly. Jimmy’s naughty dog Jade cuddled up to us in the back of the trailer as we were towed up to the top of the farm and later King jumped up onto the quad bike without any prompting to sit with us while we watched the farmers at work. He even happily posed for a lovely photo
Before we left, Lindsay treated us to another great lunch back at the farm house and then it was time to say goodbye to a fantastic family and speed off back to Queenstown (the rental company had already been on the phone asking why their car had not been returned). Speeding back to Queenstown was probably not the best move we have made. The New Zealand policeman was very professional and we were soon on our way again. We were carrying less weight now (quite a few NZ $ less weight) but against the law of physics we were going much slower.
Back in Queenstown we enjoyed a peaceful night on the campsite, back on the bikes tomorrow for a very long ride up the west coast of south island before boarding the inter island ferry to Wellington.
Miles cycled: Still 0