Near the woolshed

We had a mild frost this morning after fitful rain last night, so the day started beautifully--sunny and light winds.  I found the sheep just coming back out of the Stud Paddock, so brought them up over the hill to graze around the woolshed.  They had a lovely graze down the west-facing hill of the Strip (V1), then a sojourn in the lower reaches of Curly Sedge Creek, where they seemed set to spend the morning!  So Janie and Chance and I did the best end-run we could around them, sloshing through the creek to get past without inadvertently chasing them back down to the end.  Out of Curly Sedge and into the yards that lead into the woolshed, where I had only middling success in getting them to graze up near the shed.  I didn't want to use the dogs, because it's a confined space, and also, I wanted them to graze, not trample.  I think there are probably too many sheep in the mob for this to ever work gracefully, so I'll just wait till shearing to let them graze it on their way out of the shed.  In contrast, they were delighted to be let loose in the long narrow paddock behind the sheds, and spent the afternoon grazing it from stem to stern.  The dogs were not terribly impressed, because I had to keep them locked in the kennels as their yard is contiguous to the paddock with sheep.  There would be no rest for the flock with 7 dogs running up and down the fence!  Oh, and I got a look at the swan family through my binocs, and there are 6 babies!  I'll try to get a video tomorrow.

August 20, 2016
August 20, 2016

Nice downhill graze

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Video V1 above.

P1: We’ve been creek hopping ( the dogs and I) trying to get behind the mob in a narrow stretch. Well, actually it was more like wading…

P1: We’ve been creek hopping ( the dogs and I) trying to get behind the mob in a narrow stretch. Well, actually it was more like wading…

P2: Hehehe. New fencing and gates on the laneway to the woolshed. Worked like a dream–today was the first try. I’m going to let them graze the yards for a little while, the leave them behind shed for the afternoon. It takes so little to make me happy ;-) p.s. the dead cars are NOT mine.  That's my awful neighbour.

P2: Hehehe. New fencing and gates on the laneway to the woolshed. Worked like a dream–today was the first try. I’m going to let them graze the yards for a little while, the leave them behind shed for the afternoon. It takes so little to make me happy ;-) p.s. the dead cars are NOT mine.  That's my awful neighbour.

P3: Trying to entice them up near the shed to graze. One down, 499 to go.

P3: Trying to entice them up near the shed to graze. One down, 499 to go.

P4: Annie with a nice big mouthful

P4: Annie with a nice big mouthful

P5: End of the circuit. I’ll take them out of here later this afternoon.

P5: End of the circuit. I’ll take them out of here later this afternoon.