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Images of Canberra – The Hackett Sheep

By johnboy - 1 January 2007 18

Jey has sent in a picture of a Hackett icon, the sheep:

Apparently it can also be found grazing on the oval from time to time.

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Images of Canberra – The Hackett Sheep
Al 10:47 am 03 Jan 07

Thumper, he’s lucky to have been able to hold onto his breeders this long. The Goulburn graziers pretty much all gave up last year and sent them off to the abattoirs. And many of them drove themselves broke trying to hold onto them that long.
One grazier told me in early 2005 that he was discussing holding on with his wife. She said “Fine if that’s what you want to do, but I’m taking the kids and moving to the coast until the drought’s over.” So he said bugger it, sold all the stock while they still had some cash reserves, and went with her. Smart cookie. Sometimes farming is like going down the pokies all day every day…
It will take everyone decades and big $$$$s to rebuild their herds. Meanwhile the land is getting sooo empty.
And of course when it does finally rain and there is nothing out there to eat the new growth – lots of fuel come the next summer…we all know what that means.

Xanthomyza 10:23 am 03 Jan 07

I have been reliably informed (by the better half) that the sheep is a Suffolk. Black face and legs. Border Leicesters have a white face. I’m no expert though…

Thumper 8:23 pm 02 Jan 07

Al,

my old man sold 200 the other day for 25 cents a head.

Cheaper than a bullet.

At the moment he’s keeping his breeding stock, the super fine wool (14.7 micron I think), but it’s costing him a fortune to feed them.

Al 4:18 pm 02 Jan 07

Ditto for cattegrowers.

Al 4:17 pm 02 Jan 07

Fairchild: many sheepgrowers will not bring agisted stock back onto their property – they just use the agistment as a holding pattern until they can get better prices (why when sheep are selling for 60c each are we still paying $24/kg for lamb?).
They don’t bring them back because they also spend years trying to get rid of weeds and pests like fluke on their properties, and they can’t guarantee what comes back with the agisted stock seed and pest-wise.

Jey 11:50 am 02 Jan 07

Think that’s the house, yeah there’s only one now.

Xanthomyza 11:20 am 02 Jan 07

There have been a couple of sheep there on the corner of Maitland and Madigan for years. They were there on and off when I lived in Hackett between 1997 and 2002.

Thumper 10:08 am 02 Jan 07

It’s a border leicester.

Danman 8:45 am 02 Jan 07

This was the norm in Qbn in the 1960 – before there were proper blocks and fenclines – well so my mother told me.

Jey 8:41 am 02 Jan 07

He(?) is tethered to a stake in the yard, thus the collar is necessary.

ant 8:29 am 02 Jan 07

Looks like some kind of fancy foreign sheep. And he has a collar!

sev 6:31 pm 01 Jan 07

if this is the sheep i remember (i grewed up in hackett) weren’t there two of them?

Fairchild 11:22 am 01 Jan 07

At least it didn’t wind up at the knackery. Maybe others should think about taking on some poor farmers prize stock over the drought period and then returning it to them when the feed and water levels come up again and in doing so could keep the Australian sheep lineage healthy. After all some of these sheep have taken generations to develope.

Nik_the_Pig 10:28 am 01 Jan 07

The dead washing machine on the front porch is a nice touch too

Al 10:21 am 01 Jan 07

Pity about the eyesore created by the overgrown block…owner seems to have unrealistic ideas of the sheep’s grass eating abilities.

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