So I see Suzie has been absent also and the boys have been able to run amuck in our absence. Now we're back to spoil their fun!
Hubby and I seemed to be away a long time but all went well, very enjoyable. We travelled 4600 kms in our vehicle, 1500 kms in the 4WD tour truck thingo and 700 kms by plane! I really enjoyed the Barkly Highway. However - are there any grey-haired ppl left in the southern half of Aust?? I think they're all up there in their RVs and campers, squirrelled away in every nook and cranny, inhabiting every truckstop. If not, they're ganged up on roadbikes, enjoying the much higher speed limits in the Northern Territory! We felt quite young by comparison. We stopped at Newcastle Waters Station both ways and they took us to see the stud herd of white brahman cows. They breed some charbray bulls too. They've got a flash set up for their many poddy calves at the homestead.
The huge indigenous population of northern Australia and their poor state of well-being was a real eye opener. I felt distressed about it but then realised that we did as much damage to them as we could, but also have done as much to help repair that damage as we can manage. Now its up to them to haul themselves out of the mess. I hope they can do it - that's evolution.
All was okay here when we got home but after a couple of hours, I realised my two biggest weaned poddy heifer calves were missing from a paddock near the house. Eventually found them shut in an old shearers' wash house where they'd been for at least a week. No fresh dung or urine, they were dry as a bone, very poor and depressed. They'd been rolling fat cheeky lumps when I left. Anyway the next day I offered them some CMR to drink and that cheered them up a bit. The door had been tied shut but they'd got it open, gone in and bumped it shut again. Lucky it was very cold weather.
Although we've only been home a couple of days, we've mustered and drafted cattle and had the agents out to look. Today its been cold and light rain and it will still be too wet for bikes in the morning. Pending final arrangements, all our sale cattle will be going to the same ppl, they bought them last year too.
Ken, what do you think of the Reproscan ultrasound scanners? A rep is coming to town in a couple of weeks. We've heard they're not good for late pregnancy testing, you need to glove the cows as well sometimes. I might do a search on the Breeding thread and see what's there too when I get time.