December 7th 2023 - Throwback Thursday

December 07, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Dad and DogsDad and dogs, Happy Valley Station, Central Otago, New Zealand

Throwback Thursday

 

As some of you know, I grew up on a high country sheep station in Central Otago, New Zealand. It has been hard to get back there since the lockdown but I tried to get back at least once every 18 months prior to that period of time.

 

I always, always took my camera with me whenever we went out to check the sheep on the hill, bringing the cows in, going over to see the curling dam and hut out in Duffer's Gully, or heading up to the head of the irrigation race.

 

One of the awesome things about being back on the farm, is the use of the dogs to help round up the sheep and cows. The amazing skill and understanding that my Dad and the other farmers helping shift to the 1500-2000 sheep have with their dogs is just the best thing to watch- the control the dogs have over the sheep to get them to go into the right direction is mesmerising!

 

The photo is of my Dad with a couple of his dogs overlooking the Old Woman Block on Happy Valley Station- this is home 😊

 

Have you ever watched sheep dogs do their thing? Have you ever been over to New Zealand and experienced life on a sheep station in the Central Otago High Country? Leave a comment below if you have!

 


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