Being born Christmas Day means we will always remember their age. With permanent teeth making an appearance they're not far off working cattle, and with plans to wean in June which will mean plenty of work opportunities for them, today they were given the chance to safely work around some youngsters. Two of the kids' show heifers and two of the milkers' calves the lucky participants.
With panels meshed in to prevent any kicks to the pups, they were put through their paces, honing their natural desire to work on the opposite side of a mob to the boss, teaching them to work both anti and clockwise to block the cattle. These skills learnt in a safe, calm environment will stay with them for life when mustering situations aren't so calm, and cattle are larger and not so friendly.
Three of the four pups worked really well.
Buster showed absolutely no interest whatsoever. Which is quite okay. His maturity level a little behind his siblings (it's a boy thing) and his day will come.
On what was a glorious late Autumn morning, the crowd enjoyed the display,
before heading home for smoko.
Another wonderful weekend behind us, here's looking forward to a busy week ahead.