G’day folks, on Sunday we will leave the cattle and head back to the coast.. the Gold Coast to be exact! We’ll be visiting some of Jake’s family there.
Due to the Internet at the farm being quite restricted I haven’t been able to do any blog posts involving photos, so I’ve decided to hold them all back and give you a mass photography post as we’re in town at the moment so my internet is unrestricted!
For the past week we have been at Lands End cattle farm. The house was built in the 1950’s and has remained pretty untouched since. The farm is 15,000 acres with 1,500 cattle.
During our stay we started to strip paint off the garage walls as all the paint had weathered. We mowed the lawn and cleaned the house up a bit.
Our most rewarding moments were when we helped with the weaning cattle- Andrew tries to spend around 3 hours in the morning with the young cattle, getting them used to the dogs, the motorbike, the quad bike and the horses, so he picks his weapon of the day and heads off around 7:30 every morning. We helped him one morning and moved the cows through various gates and into different parts of the yard- there were a few moments where we both froze as the cattle decided to rebel and run in all directions.
Andrew then spends around 1 1/2 hours in the evening gathering the cattle back into their main hold for the night. He once again changes which vehicle he uses to do this. This morning we went on a longer trek to get them used to the quad bikes.
Andrew has been trying to change the method in which he handles the cattle; the meat is graded down depending if it’s too dark which is a result of the cattle being stressed. In order to minimise the stress on the cattle during mustering he’s been working on using body language and where you position yourself around the cattle. If you step close for example, you increase the pressure and they speed up, once you step away you ease the pressure and they slow down. This is a lot calmer than the traditional method of yelling behind the cattle and sometimes hitting them. This means after working the cattle this way from a young age, they get used to being handled and moved in a calm way so when you muster them for the final time in their life, they are calm and feel as though it is like every other day.
Hopefully you find that as interesting as we do! I’ll post all of the photos I took from our time here, it includes a few animals we saw, a bit of the work we were doing, the three dogs- Buddy (brown coloured) Splash (green collar) and Jinx (purple collar) and of course the cows and some of the farm house! Enjoy ☺️
If you have any questions that the photos may not cover, drop into the comments!
Jake & Georgia