Travel Theme-Industry

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My

Industry

Travel Theme.

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Visits back to my home town always lead me

past my parents’ woolshed.
WoolShedm_1941I can remember it being built almost sixty years ago…

and the forty years of work

I was part of after leaving school.

The present owners raise cattle and so

the shearing industry is no more in ‘our’ shed.
woolshedcc_1921This waas my/our  woolshed.

It was run down when we purchased the land.

Many dollars and hours of time was injected into this shed

to keep it serviceable.

Imagine my surprise at seeing all the yards had been dismantled.

The door left open to the elements and another

industrial building is no longer used to

the capacity for which it was designed.
Hayshed_1939aThis was Dad’s hayshed.  It held around 2,000 bales of hay.

Every year I would spend time pushing bales of hay (40-50kg)

up into the very top of the roof under a December/January sun.

As a teenager we would earn pocket-money hay-carting.

Not many teenagers look to hay-carting as a

means of pocket-money these days.
sheep_0038 The hay would be used as sheep and cattle fodder.

As both these industries suffer from high costs,

low commodity prices and ageing operators…

treess_0490we are seeing more of this industry spring up.  Trees.  Blue Gums.  Eucalyptus Globulus.

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Where’s My Backpack?: Travel Theme: “Industry

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15 thoughts on “Travel Theme-Industry

  1. I loved the reminiscing as well as the further pictures of places in your memories. The sheep with its young and the blue gum trees in a line were both beautiful to see. 🙂

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  2. I live on 20 Acres and being originally a city boy, hay bale gathering is something I don’t relish. I’m in my fifties and I don’t need the pocket money it gives me. Having being semi rural for 20 years now, I understand your story.
    I’m thinking about running a few meat sheep like dorpers – basically lawn mowers, any pointers? Or is it not worth the effort? In December I paid a contractor to just cut the lot. For years we had a one owner, horse agistment arrangement. I didn’t know how lucky I was.

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    • I have not had anything to do with ‘Dorpers’ per se. However, they are bred from Dorset Downs sheep and Dorsets can be a nightmare if your fences are not secure and most of the English breeds are renowned for this trait. That comment is from experience 🙂 On 20 acres, I would be buying a few lighter conditioned sheep, and making sure that there was enough natural feed on my paddocks that would allow them to put on weight and be sold at a profit. I see a lot of effort for little financial reward. Whereas I am sure that there would someone else looking for an paddock to lease. You get paid for little or no work. I am in my 60s and I know which I prefer….so may be biased.

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  3. Great photos and story. You must have been very fit as a young man. The reason why our All Blacks were so good was because many of them were farmers and their physical work made them really fit for the game. You are right though that young people today wouldn’t do this work at all. Both my children have held down the same job for 2 and 3 years – in a shop. Their bosses have said it was rare to see young people willing to work long hours for little money. They have had the kids stealing from the tills and not wanting to do any cleaning. My children are just so grateful to have a job at all. 😀

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    • I did not know that many of the All Blacks were ‘country kids’. Looking back I know that I was a lot fitter, as is everyone in their 20s and 30s. It is good to hear of and meet youngsters who have developed a good work ethic. So many teens do not know how much it benefits their future.

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