A morning tea ritual
A ritual has started with Farren (the stockman’s wife) most mornings. Morning tea on the veranda.
We sit on the house veranda and discuss what’s happening on the property.
It’s usually fitted in between Farren feeding the farm workers their morning tea and lunch.
Bailey, Farren’s son, is 1 week younger than our own youngest grandson Vance. We’ve seen Bailey grow from 6 weeks when we arrived, to an active 7-month-old.
Bailey is ready for asleep around that time and has no trouble falling asleep in Chris’s arms whilst rocking gentle back and forth on the rocking chair.
Baileys has a habit of singing himself a lullaby to go to sleep, it really is the cutiest thing . We think he must be one of the easiest babies we’ve ever come across.
Bailey on the left, Vance our grandson on the right
Gotta love those gummy smiles
Lessons learnt on the veranda
Constant moving of the cattle from paddocks to the cattle yards, where they are branded, sorted or shipped, means mustering through the “lanes” beside the veranda. This is an exciting scene we get to wittness during our morning teas.
The”why and how” is explained by Farren. Teaching us what each rider must be doing at either the front or behind the herd.
300 – 1000 head of cattle can be moved around the laneways at a time with the dust telling you of their forth coming arrival.
You can tell a herd is coming by the dust
Appreciation for the property owners
The appreciation for the property owners is massive. They must be forward thinkers. The cattle need to be moved constantly in this dry weather for water and feed.
On average, a cow will need 60 lit of water a day, multiply that by 10,000 – 50,000 head of cattle and you can see why you’re not thinking ‘this year’ but 10 years down the track.
This owner is a “forward thinker”. Planning further water catchment areas and extending his irrigated pivots to fatten up the cattle.