We have brought home the last of our sheep from "Deeban" the property on the lake near Cooma. We were running a mob there in an arrangement with the owner but the property has been sold and another country dream has ended. The environment is very harsh there with very cold snowy winters and mainly native pasture, the only shelter being rocky outcrops. The Dorpers adapted and managed to do very well there, producing and raising plenty of meaty lambs.
Although our arrangement ended harmoniously, having sheep on someone elses property has taught us some valuable lessons. Though we managed to bring all our sheep home, we have realised the importance of a clear agreement with all expectations written down, both parties knowing exactly what is required of the other. Also the need to make sure that all documents relating to ownership of the sheep are carefully maintained and regular stock counts are done. It would have been very easy for a dishonest person to steal and sell stock, and the Stock agent should be informed of the way in which proceeds of sales are to be split. Agents do not seem to be fussy about the origins of same.