Yards and boys
I’ve been a little quiet here of late…
It’s time for first needles for our calves – we immunise them against all kinds of nasty things twice while they are young – now and again in 5 weeks time. We also brand then, which makes our post-Christmas ‘holiday’ time extremely busy.
I did manage to squeeze in a couple of VERY quick pics as the action unfolded.
This is a mob of cows being brought in by Lachy (our 19-year-old jackaroo). This shot appealed to me because of the calves’ ears. I know: simple things amuse simple minds!
Have you ever seen a tree with a canopy like this?
It’s ONE tree, planted around 60 years ago by my Dad. It has provided shade to thousands of cattle and workers over the decades. And it is now ripping out the rails and posts closest to its gigantic trunk. A little rebuilding will soon be required.
Below it is the drafting yard (where we draft off the calves) and crush where we ‘read’ all cows’ electronic tags before dipping them.
It’s also where the calves get their needle before they are reunited with Mum.
They don’t even say thanks before they tuck into a milkbar snack… little possums!
When I am not ‘manning’ the computer equipment along the crush, pushing cows up the race or counting them out into their mob, I am watching the menfolk move the cows from yard to yard. They process them as quickly as possible so they can all get home to their paddocks. The cows that is. The blokes end up back at Granite Glen usually. Looking for cold drinks!
The dude on the horse is Cal, Lachy’s 17-year-old brother. He was sporting one of the wildest hairstyles I have ever observed on a young bush bloke.
He’s a bull rider too, and spent the weekend away getting turfed by bulls. And getting a haircut. I think he looks MUCH better, but according to his Facebook wall, most of his mates are in deep mourning for The Mullet! Too funny.
And this bloke…
I posted this photo on my BB of Oz Facebook page late one night after working in the yards and woke to discover a LOT of likers. Tee hee. Well, I always KNEW it was a decent view. Now I know I’m not dreaming. My husband is nonplussed by the attention (even his sister and MY sister ‘liked’ the photo!). He’s not much of an attention seeker. One of the things I quite like about him, really!
I thought I’d push my luck and show you how good this view also looks in sepia (courtesy PW’s Soft and Faded action).
And yes, I have branded this photo. This butt is mine!