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heard cattle on motorbikes
Me and my Brother Dan worked a seasonal job right
down south near Gore. We got the job because I wrote up a small advert and
put it up in the village shop while we were looking for other jobs. I didnt
expect to hear anything back but a few days later I got a call from a lovely
couple who owned a cattle farm.
Our duties were to heard cattle on
motorbikes which was such satifying fun! It was a large farm of around 2000
acres so we could be moving 50-100 cattle at a time pretty big distances and of
course when dealing with living animals they dont always go the way you intend
for them so it was all good fun trying to round up the one that jumped the fence
and started trotting down the road entertainly the locals greatly.
time however I was hurtling down a big long bank, on the Honda 200 Bushlander
bike i was using, chasing a rather fast moving calf that had broken away from
the mob. Tearing down the hill I had totally forgotten about the pit in the
ground...That was untill I fell into it. The bike crashed down to the bottom of
the pit and I carried on hurtling forward only to be met by a couple of old
posts that broke my momentum but also took a good dose of skin off my right
The farmer also had a light aircraft so a couple of times when there
way a burst water pipe on the farm hed take us up in the plane and wed try and
search out the spray of the water not to mention having a little play with the
controls in the mean time.
There was a trout river close by so in our
spare time wed go down and pull out a fish or two and eat it on our camping
That one month was the single most fun Ive had in a working
experience and the three weeks that have passed since making my way back up
north have left me with a touch of sadness but fond memorys.