The Queensland Country Life, which is circulated (you guessed it!) on a Thursday.
The handsome fellow above is Louie...hard working Kelpie, whose job description includes keeping wayward weaners in the mob, hurrying up stragglers (of the bovine variety) and racing around to the front of a mob of cattle to 'block them up' (in other words, stop them from racing off like crazy things and teaching them some manners!) Isn't he gorgeous?
Louie has many colleagues...Tina,Dozer, Red, Spud, KO - so called because she got in much too close one day and scored a solid kick in the head, and was knocked out! Poor baby...but, she came to, and went looking for the demon creature who had clobbered her, and hasn't stopped since! (She's the little black one that the boys reckon looks like a piglet!)
The cattle dogs are important members of the workforce around here, especially so when we begin weaning: the calves that have grown big enough to be weaned off their Mamas get yarded up together in a small yard overnight, and they are let out into a bigger yard each day to learn all about the wonders of hay and feed supplements. Their movement in and out of the yards is achieved by a man or two on horseback, and a handful of dogs. In the course of repeating this movement morning and evening for a few weeks, the young cattle are 'educated', so when it's time to muster them from a big paddock later, they will have some manners and behave in a manner becoming to bovines. Also, in a manner conducive to the safety and well being of the horsemen working them.
Weaning will begin here very soon - oh joy! The dust drifts in on the cool breeze from the cattle yards, and settles on every horizontal surface in the vicinity! I have taken to asking people not to write the date when they sign their names in the dust on the furniture!
Another thing that will happen here soon is Farm Day. On the 29th or 30th May, we will be visited by a family from the city, who have registered their interest in visiting a farm on the Farm Day website. It's exciting to have the opportunity to share our love for our land and our lifestyle with a family from the 'big smoke'! Watch this space for a full report on our Farm Day fun in a few weeks!