One of the things we really enjoy about our farm and the Stud is all the new experiences it brings. The new and interesting people we have met who come to buy sheep and the other breeders. Skills we have refined such as giving injections , drenching, and honing in on the sheep that needs attention. And now shearing.
It really did happen, the satellite guy came and installed the new dish as promised and we are up and running again, supposedly at a greater speed. We may need a new router before the fully glory of the new system can be realised. I believe this is our little slice of the new "National Broadband Network", coming to a farm near your bigger and better than ever before. (Well, we live in hope).
The Sydney Royal was an adventure, much like last year. All the exhibitors arrived at 10pm on the night of the 7th April, but had to wait till almost midnight before we could unload our stock. We didn't get back to our accommodation until 2am, and needed to head back to the show by 7am. As a result everyone looked a little worse for wear for the rest of the show. We did best with our older ewes and got a third and fourth in their class. I read in "The Land" newspaper today, that someone took 30 years to win Supreme Champion with their dairy cows. I just hope we live long enough to take that one home.
We are now pretty much back to normal. Watching the worm levels in the sheep, and keeping an eye on the joining ewes. Then the slow countdown to lambing. We are selling all of our crossbred flock, we will need the feed for our Stud during the winter and the reduced stock numbers will mean we will have plenty of feed available for the ewes in the spring.
We should be back to normal with the internet on the 26 April, and blogging can return.
The shearer has been and the final selection made for the show team. So now the full on task is teaching them to lead and stand without looking like it is the most horrible thing that has ever happended to them. We are also working on putting a little more condition on the lambs, they looked a bit thinner than we would have liked, when the wool came off. Hope we can manage it without causing all of them to have the runs. The Show Society tells us that this year they have had so many entries in the Meat sheep section that they are having trouble fitting them in the shed.
Our internet is still down and probably will be for another three weeks, I can't upload pictures on the dial up.