As I've previously mentioned, backpackers on a working holiday visa need to do 88 collected days or 3 months straight of 'specified work' in a regional postcode to be able to spend another year in this fabulous country.
I found a lovely farm willing to take me on as a volunteer for 3 months in exchange for food, drink and accommodation (like WOOFing) near Hamilton in western Victoria (3314- on the postcode list yay!), around 3.5 hours from Melbourne.
Having minimal farming experience in the past, my experiences so far have been a real learning curve!
So far I've been;
- Mustering (gathering) sheep into 'mobs' (groups)
- Droving sheep (moving) from one paddock to another on my trusty quad bike
- Drafting (separating) the ewes from the lambs as they run down a 'race' (metal runway)
- Repairing wire fences
- Driving the Utes all over the farm
- Bottle-feeding gorgeous little orphan lambs
- Preparing hay paddocks ready for mowing
- Testing stock water quality for salt levels
- Weighing lambs for selling to Aussie supermarkets
- Assisting with lamb marking- which includes a 5-in-1 vaccination, ear tagging, and castrating their tails and boy-bits with elastic bands (elasticators!)
Here are some pics of my farm life so far...
|George and Junior before I started fattening them up :)|
|Fencing in progress|
|Ready for Drafting|
|Little lamb being marked|
|New best friends- quad bike and Bindy|
|Feeding my babies|
|Daunting approaching mob!|
|Happy as Larry|
|New gum boots and fleece :)|
|Lamb kicked me!|
|Chasing a wild Emu|
|Queen of the mowers|
Watch this space for more updates from life on the farm, and a blog post re-capping my month spent travelling around Oz and Indo with Mum!