We had a quick daytrip to Bottle Tree yesterday. The most important tool in the kit at the moment is this:
Summer's putting on quite a show for us,
staff have even resorted to wearing shorts.
This bull, one of four trucked away yesterday. They'll begin their careers as sires tomorrow.
The succession of hot, dry days with temperatures in the high 30's has resulted in country drying out fast.
Cattle at Bottle Tree are in remarkably good condition, though strategies are starting to be discussed. Dates chosen for certain events to unfold if a rain event hasn't arrived. Another fortnight without rain will see one paddock of breeders bushed onto that mountain. One thing we've learnt over the years is how to manage these conditions.
This young fellow has obviously been reading Winnie the Pooh. "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think". Though I'm not sure how smart he is, picking a fight with Dad.
This beautiful little girl is Jessie's. Being the wheeler-dealer she is she swapped us a bull calf for this heifer, intent on upsizing her herd.
And back on the home-front,
Sarah and I have been enjoying some time together re-modelling her and Jessie's room. More photos to follow upon completion. Goodbye fuchsia, hello neutral.