It was actually hot here today ...

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It was actually hot here today ...
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Sun, 01-13-2013 - 10:40pm

well, some of it might also have been because we were scanning the sheep to see if they're pregnant and they didn't want to co-operate so I had to pretty much push and pull them into the head gate  Frown.  It was 12 C outside and it felt like about 30 C inside wrestling sheep.  I kept pushing my sleeves up, but they kept falling down.  Urgh, it was awful.  We ended up checking 73 ewes and 13 of them are open, so they're going to the auction tomorrow morning. 

Tonight it's supposed to go back down to about -11 C (more seasonal temperatures then it was today).

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Mon, 01-14-2013 - 6:42pm

12C does sound hot for your area at this time of the year Brigitte, it can't have been pleasant working with the sheep in those conditions.

We have had hot  weather too, very hot, with record high temperatures.  We went to visit my mother on the weekend, it was 43C/109F where Mum lives and there have been a lot of bushfires in the area.  No lives lost, but huge losses of livestock, it is very sad.  Night after night we have seen farmers  on TV having to dispose of dead livestock or shoot those that have been badly injured.  So tragic.

Elaine

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Mon, 01-14-2013 - 9:36pm
Elaine, I just posted on the other thread about the fires. That's so sad. I can't even imagine having to shoot my animals because they're hurt from the fire. The Insurance around here doesn't even pay if you loose an animal during a fire unless they're tied up in a barn. Their logic is that if there's a fire, the animals can run away. When I pointed out that they don't go through fences they told me that they can go through fences. Again I pointed out that the animals can't go through all the fences, especially if (as per the Insurance's request) we put up page wire around the whole property etc.

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Tue, 01-15-2013 - 1:10am

Even if the sheep could get through, where do the insurance companies think these sheep could run to?  The fires to our north are covering an area of 40000 hectares/98842 acres.  It's horrendous.  I'm just watching a couple from this area returning back to their farm to find absolutley everything is lost.

Here is a photo taken from our house in 2003.

Elaine

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Fri, 01-18-2013 - 9:41pm
Eh, Elaine, I didn't see a house ... That's quite a picture. I really don't know how I would feel if everything was to burn down around here. There are memories about the kids and my Grandparents and my Dad that I know I would miss. I always wonder if I should pack stuff like that in a box so that I can quickly grab it if anything ever happened ...

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Sat, 01-19-2013 - 4:13pm

I should have named that photo differently I guess, lol.  It was taken out the front of our house Brigitte, we live on a corner and there are paddocks/fields on the the other side of the embankment.  A couple of days after that was taken, when fires were still burning in the area, the Army came in and widened a path on the top of the embankment to give us a larger fire break.

We had our hottest January day on record here on Friday, 42C/107F and Sydney had it hotest ever day on record, 46C/115F.

Elaine

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Mon, 01-21-2013 - 12:12pm
I heard of the hot temperatures you've got. The Weatherguy on my news had said that there was over 90 degrees C difference between parts of Australia and parts of Canada one day last week (with the windchill). That's quite a bit. Hope you can keep cool.