I followed hubby around with the camera to try and record just how difficult drought feeding is. It is just so damn relentless. We have almost 4000 hungry mouths to feed and that means tonnes of feed but as we also have a lot of the very invasive weed, prickly acacia, we have been using it as our protein source for the cattle. The men go out each day and cut down the trees. Once they cut the trees they then spread poison (Graslan) to kill any trees that will undoubtably pop their ugly heads up when it rains. It is a dreadful weed, but, it is keeping our cattle alive.
Here are a selection of the photos that I took at Baroona.
|As soon as the cattle hear the chainsaw they come|
|First tree of about thirty that are cut for this mob|
|A young prickly acacia is full of thorns but as it gets bigger the thorns get a little less|
|Hubby decked out with gloves, chaps, steel capped boots and a well greased chain-saw!|
|It's dangerous work amongst all those thorns.|
|The cattle not only eat the leaves but strip back the bark of the tree to get their protein|
|The poison is spread around the trees once cut. It is activated with water so when it rains it starts working.|
|Looking to where the trees were cut the day before.|
|The cattle seem to enjoy the feed and the thorns don't seem to worry them at all.|
|The cattle are not fat, but still strong.|
|After all the trees are cut, loose lick mix is then given to to the cattle as a supplement.|