We have a large number of Fairy Wrens in our garden, who give us great pleasure to watch when we sit outside. When I look at their proportions especially their little legs, you have to wonder how they fit veins, muscles, tendons, and skin and a knee into those tiny legs.
The garden at "Riverbourne" with all its shrubs and bushes plus the big trees provides a home for lots of little birds, and the minute there is any fruit, lots of big birds.
The continued wet weather followed by the warmer days, means that flystrike could again become an issue. Last year in our stud flock only two sheep were struck, and in both cases a small spot on the shoulder, the strike tend not to spread due to the light coat and low levels of lanolin, thus self limiting.
Providing the sheep are not scouring, the strike in the XBred ewes was also on the body, and we had far fewer percentage wise, than the merino and british breed sheep. If the problem becomes too severe, a jetting (soaking with a pressured wand along the back line) with one of the modern chemical solutions is the answer, these treatments have quite a long action. Otherwise one must cut the wool away with shears and apply a larvicide to kill the maggots.
The Southern Tablelands Dorper group is having a sale on Saturday 21st January, at the Goulburn Showground - Peden Pavillion. Inspections start at 11am and the sales starts at 2pm.
We are entering 5 flock rams and one Type 4 stud ram. The rams are about 15 months old, and have been fertility tested. We are also selling 10 registered fullblood 2010 ewes, two are classed Type 5 and two are 1st selection. ( these were classed by Wicus Cronje a South African inspector). We will still have rams and shedding ewes at home for sale, if you cannot make it.
We would appreciate your support, even if you do not wish to buy, come and say hello, talk sheep,have a free sausage sizzle and perhaps a beer afterwards.
NSW Farmers send us a yearly planner every year, you know, one of those huge charts with every day of the year on it. It is an essential part of our farm and at the beginning of the year we record such things as shows, sales, family weddings, etc, as well as sheep joining dates which determine those days when we simply must be at home. We must vaccinate 3 weeks before lambing, we mark the lambs at 2-3 weeks old. Preparing sheep before a show requires foward planning etc.