Shark Bay to Carnarvon

A couple of random shots…

Peron Station: windmill, iconic symbol of Australian stations and outback wheatbelt farms
This one with the nest of a Little Crow
The old no-longer-used shearing shed at Peron Station

My sister and I were fascinated by a peculiar piece of mechanical machinery in the shed that had no label. Unfortunately I failed to take a photo, but it looked like a steampunk infernal machine. The best explanation we could devise (and remember we are the daughters of a sheep farmer!) was that it was a device to crutch sheep — that is, a circular wheel on which sheep could be hoisted, then cradled on their backs so shearers can remove the wool around their bottoms. Sort of assembly line in reverse–remove covering rather than add it. All part of preventing a horrible fly-blown death for sheep–i.e. to be eaten alive by maggots. (Townies from PETA, of course, would prefer this horrible death to the practice of tail-docking, which is another essential method to prevent maggot infection. Easy to see that PETA folk don’t have a sheep-farming background…or good imaginations…)

Shark Bay mangroves — clear water, so unlike Malaysian mangroves!
Gascoyne Crossing– birdlife, it always finds the waterholes
Hard to think that this bridge can and does disappear under flood waters
And emus everywhere…


Shark Bay to Carnarvon — 1 Comment

  1. I do get cross with all the fuss about crutching and tail docking. You only have to see one maggot infested sheep to realise that this is essential. Mulesing (which there is a lot of fuss about) is another question though. I do have reservations about how that is done. I certainly don't think it should be banned, just done in a more humane way.

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