Pressed up all the remaining wool as we didn't want to get the sheep in too early. Pressed six bales today and one on the day we shore. Got approximately 900 kilos of fleece wool and 150 kilos of bellies, stain etc. A pretty good result from 198 ewes.
Chris went gathering at 1:30 after we had finished all the wool work. I stayed in the shearing shed listening to my i-pod as all the cleaning up was done and there wasn't much else to do other then wait. Rather a slow gather today it took about an hour and a half to get them back and into the pens. Then had to draft all the lambs of again. Branded 312 lambs with our mark of GI ready for the abattoir. Discarded 4 as not fit. Then we drafted the ewes again to get the rams of ready to bring over to George tomorrow. Also drafted of this years cull ewes. They are also in excellent condition and will go to the abattoir but they were only shorn this week and cant go until 30 days after shearing.
Left Barren as the sun was starting to set and got back to George at 8:20pm. Lovely evening as the wind had gone down again. Concordia Bay is anchored out ready to start work at 6:30 in the morning. Another early morning then.
Looking forward to supper as didn't take anything for lunch thinking we would be back earlier. As always there is always someone who thinks they are hungrier. Today it was seven puppies and two lambs waiting for supper and demanding they be fed first.
|Barren Island shearing shed before the new roof was put on|