Monday, September 15

Grinding the Blades

We have just finished shearing the Border Leicester flock rams and the First Cross ewes. Big thanks to Craig, Rick and Justin for their great work and patience in the wet weather. Every sheep on the property has now been sheared, drench and back lined, the latter because of a neighbour's roguing lice-ridden sheep!!

Now it's time to fix up the fences and tidy up around the place. My to do list never seems to get any shorter and maintaining the fences is a bit like painting the Harbour Bridge but it has to be done. Better in the warmer days we are having now than the cold and wet July and August.

Moonlit Yards

The sheep yards are best viewed by moonlight - that way I can't see all the work that needs to be done to repair the damage. Some days it feels like every gate is off its hinges and every panel has a gap big enough for a sheep to push through. Even the race has resurfacing and re-fencing. It will all have to be done this month prior to lamb marking....and the moon is new on September 24th so now is the time!!

Fire in the Sprinter Sky

Now that winter is almost over thought I should post a classic Daramalan winter sky. Few more cloudscapes to follow in the next few weeks. We have had a wet winter's end - so much so that I agree with recent calls to drop the four seasons and adopt a five season model incorporating "Sprinter" and "Sprummer" and dropping Autumn altogether.

After all splitting the year into four seasons is arbitrary and the Indigenous Australians had anywhere from two to six to mark changes in the climate. Why should continue to adopt a European convention that dates back to pagan times?

While we are at it maybe we could have a joint Republic and Seasons referendum - that would put the PUP amongst the pigeons.

View envy

I thought that the Daramalan views were good but this is spectacular!! South of Cowra and looking north to Wyangala dam from a 30 acre slice of paradise. Plenty of work to be done and fun to be had!

Monday, November 5

Daramalan/Logancrest Ram Sale November 12th


So, here are the Daramalan Border Leicester rams for sale on Monday November 12th at Logancrest, 5 minutes from Crookwell and 25 minutes from Goulburn on the Crookwell-Goulburn Road. Viewing from 12:00 and auction at 1:00 pm with Steve Ridley from Elders holding the gavel as always.

The rams are as good as they come and the best we have produced so far. We hope you can make it to our third sale and that you are impressed enough by the condition and breeding of the rams to bid for them. We are sure they will work well for you in your enterprise. Thanks to all of our old and and new clients - we very much appreciate your support and feedback. Thanks also to Sharon and Craig Coggan of Logancrest Poll Dorset Stud for hosting the sale.

See you next Monday!!

Wednesday, October 10

Renault Print Ads

I have never driven a Renault Twingo but I like their whimsical advertisements particularly as they feature sheep!! I really like the print ad shown below and keep asking my shearers to have a go!!

For what it is worth Top Gear said "Far better styled, and available in right-hand drive, the new Renault Twingo is a really decent stab at the city car market. The only catch is the price, which may not seem far enough off the bigger, better Clio." Seems to be about 6/10. I'll stick with my Subaru Outback and the old ute.

Thursday, October 4

The Ram Class of 2011 - Ready for sale November 12th

Here are the flock rams in the yards before shearing in August - they are really filled out now and will be ready for the sale on November 12th at Logancrest, Goulburn Road, Crookwell.
There is also a short video of the rams from late September on the website ( - not great quality but good enough to see their structure and condition.