Shearing a Sheep and Bottle Feeding a Wallaby

Yep…I did both.

Dag Sheep Station
The shearer’s quarters…where we slept.

While visiting Dag Sheep Station, a local shearer taught us the basics of shearing sheep.  A select few of us actually got to attempt it ourselves.  It’s an understatement to say that shearing sheep is a tough job.  Bob is the only sheep shearer left in the area.  He gets $2.74AUS (around $2.40USD) per sheep and $.76AUS per mile for travel.  He shears approximately 150 sheep per day.  Tough, tough, tough way to make a living.

Sheep Shearing
The pro, Bob, showing us how to shear a sheep.

Sheep ShearingSheep Shearing Sheep ShearingSheep ShearingAfter the hands-on demonstration, the caretaker of Dag made us lamb steaks for dinner.  Absolutely delicious.

Lamb Dinner
Yummy lamb steak dinner.

I got up in the middle of the night and took some photos of the stars.  I’m still experimenting, but at least this time I captured the Milky Way.  Now I just need to practice making the shots better.

Stars at Dag Sheep Station
The stars at Dag Sheep Station. I’m not a pro, but I think I’ve captured the Milky Way.

Stars at Dag Sheep StationThe next morning, I discovered a Wallaby in the backyard.  At first, I thought it jumped the fence and was hanging out.  Turns out it was an orphaned Wallaby and I got to bottle feed him.  A bucket list moment for sure.  I could have wrapped him up and brought him home.

Feeding a Wallaby Wallaby

Feeding a Wallaby
Me and an orphaned wallaby.

Oh…and, they have a camel too…random.


5 thoughts on “Shearing a Sheep and Bottle Feeding a Wallaby

  1. A couple really exciting things to have had the chance to do. Love the little Wallaby, so cute. Wonder what Aker and Kinley would have thought of the Wallaby.