Today Hugh and I went on a drive to the Pohangina Valley, North of Palmerston North, and not far from the foothills of the Ruahine Range.
We passed one set of cattle yards, vehicles waiting. I asked if I could take some photos of the cattle, and after a few minutes, was told this was the day for
THE EMBRYO TRANSFERS.
If I would like to wait, I could watch!!! Wow, what an opportunity of a lifetime. But the embryos were not arriving for some hours, so we continued on our way. Many thanks to the farmer who made such a very generous offer to a total stranger.
Meantime Lachlan was giving me the information on the cows, the breed, and he decided he was saving up for one special Angus cow. Lucky girl, she will be such an asset to his herd, he has all the knowledge and enthusiasm needed to be a farmer in years to come!!!
I am sure he had taken her photo, to identify her later, as he gave me great details about her colouring, and height, maybe even her weight, compared to the others.
Working men’s boots and sandals, depending if you are actually in the yards with the cattle, or standing on the rails, watching all goings on.
Girls waiting, a lot of noise, standing quietly in the shade.
The Pohangina River, and farmland from higher up. A cloudy day, and not too hot to be outside, although I needed a hat.
The other night, Hugh called me, NO, he was OK, but there was sunlight on the pine tree across the stream. This was taken from our back door, ISO 400, 1/60 sec. Seconds later, the colour had gone to a dull brown, and darkness was soon to follow.
Quotation of the day, author unknown, but from many years ago…
“ Country fences need to be horse high,
sheep proof, and bull strong”
Greetings from Jean