Sunday, 14 April 2013

let's go home for smoko? ....

by Simone McPherson

 The other morning we were up early to receive a delivery of Molasses, with a base supplement for the cattle.  I am glad that I got up early as it was a glorious morning ….

 The Molasses comes all the way from the Sugar Mills in Bundaberg which is a good four hours north of Brisbane and then it is another five hours down to us.  Our delivery however comes from one of our nearest towns which is in New South Wales called Tenterfield, an hour and a half away.

The Molasses has an additive suppliment of minerals and vitamins for the deficiency that this country has for the cattle to remain healthy and well...... the tubs are filled up .......


 ........ we use the molasses to keep the cattle in good condition when the cows are calving and for after calving, so that they can continue to look after their calves.  And at other times of the year it encourages the cattle to go out and forage for the rougher feed that they would normally not bother about.
 
When the truck arrives it is usually quite a bit of a rush as the driver wastes no time at all as he is on a tight schedule having a very big area that he supplies the molasses to.

 ...............so El Ranchero set's of..... in moving the tubs around.  The heifers wonder what it is that he is doing? .."What are you doing?"

...and there are more to move around ...... 

 .....some leave these lovely patterns on the ground when they are moved almost a UFO marking .... don't you think?

.... instructions are given and off we go, as each paddock has a variation in the molasses percentage of "Sweet-ness" - depending on what type of cattle are in each paddock ... for example, the Bulls have a different percentage to the cows, to the heifers, to the weaners and so on .....

.... I however, am the official "gate opener" and "gate closer" and ..... 


..... also the number one assistant in the lifting and transporting to another area of the tubs ....... it's a VIP job you know?

.... then after the filling of the last tub .... which there was only six to fill this time up, as we have a good coverage of feed and the cattle are looking very well from it ..... I think we usually get twelve filled in the winter months ....

... then we leave "B" to continue on his way and we get ready for another day, finishing hanging gates at the new holding paddock that we have been building .... but first things first .... let's go home for "smoko", a nice cup of coffee that is .... sounds good ...........