Down the paddock by golftragic

Down the paddock

Very little rain = a poor hay yield. Not helped by the plague proportions of Eastern Grey roos which are out of control and eating everything else out of house and home, not to mention trashing the fences.
A tough time for the farmers. Can the roos be culled? Hopefully there’ll be rain soon.
October 29th, 2018  
@dide The merest suggestion of a cull brings out the (urban) greenies et all in full cry. Totally muddle-headed thinking in more ways than one. They've bred up to beyond limits to sustain themselves which is why they're all over any green pick anywhere. I'm sure I don't need to explain to you how badly that affects agricultural and pastoral productivity, which in turn, makes product scarcer and dearer for the consumer. Plus, both roos and emus are now getting into rural towns, eating gardens and getting far too used to humans for their, or our good. Only a matter of time before someone gets really savaged by a buck.
October 29th, 2018  
this is not good news Marnie
October 29th, 2018  
Great scene - sad story!
October 29th, 2018  
This is a lovely rural scene topped off with a beautiful skycape :)
October 29th, 2018  
Sounds serious? Love the scene and clouds...
October 29th, 2018  
It does look very dry.
The roos on our local golf course aren't being culled, they are being fed birth control pills, ha ha.
October 29th, 2018  
It's a lovely scene, but not much feed there to last over Summer, especially with so many roos.
October 29th, 2018  
Lovely view, Marnie. I suspect the roos are hungry? Sounds like no one's happy about the weather!
October 29th, 2018  
Lovely landscape!
October 29th, 2018  
Great landscape shot. So many places badly need rain - how can you "drought proof" many of these areas? It seems that they will just not accept that climate change is happening.......
October 29th, 2018  
Beautiful landscape but sad
October 29th, 2018  
That is the same problem we have with deer and bears! And of course the people who make the decisions on what to do about it don't live with it!
October 29th, 2018  
@777margo Definitely not good Margo, very dry indeed.
October 30th, 2018  
@gilbertwood Yep, but one you'll be familiar with.
October 30th, 2018  
@dibzgreasley Much of the eastern Australia inland is drought-stricken and has been for some years. Western and central Queensland and NSW are just bare dirt so at least there's a little green to see here.
October 30th, 2018  
@onewing Not as bad as western and central NSW and Q'land, but still very dry. Birth control pills? Great idea, but perhaps a tad unfeasible in the bush.
October 30th, 2018  
@Weezilou Oh yes they are Louise. The crux of the problem is that this particular species of roo has bred up to such plague proportions that they continually encroach on farming, and even urban, land. Even so, many starve, it would be far more humane to cull them (properly) so the systems can re-balance again.
October 30th, 2018  
@Weezilou The widespread, prolonged drought conditions are, of course, adding to the problem/s. Water is very scarce.
October 30th, 2018  
@robz Now Rob, that requires a couple of bottles of wine to attempt to answer. In essence, you can't 'drought-proof' large tracts of land (farmed or natural). Drought has always (to the best of our knowledge) been part of the Australian climate cycle. Lots can be achieved in relatively small areas, and is wonderful to see. I just wish our pollies etc would actually take some steps to address climate change. It's sure happening, and uncomfortably fast.
October 30th, 2018  
@samae Thank you.
October 30th, 2018  
@olivetreeann Of course, on both counts. I have every respect for our environment, but am in the fairly unusual position of having spent long periods of my life in both cities (large and small) and in a fairly remote part of inland Oz on a farm. Very, very few city folk nowadays understand the problems associated with roos, emus, rabbits, foxes etc or bears, deer etc. They just don't get it. Hardly anyone has first-hand experience of life in 'the bush', including our large number of immigrants from crowded places overseas.
October 30th, 2018  
Nicely composed despite drought conditions
October 30th, 2018  
@jgpittenger Thanks Jane. Not too bad here, at least there's some green. Huge areas of agricultural Oz are dry bare and barren.
October 30th, 2018  
Great composition and framing.
October 30th, 2018  
October 30th, 2018  
Lovely scenery.
Years ago they used to cull them, I don't know if you can still do that.
My father had a property in Mudgee, NSW & he was forever fixing fences so the cattle wouldn't escape.
The Kangaroo's cause a lot of damage.
October 30th, 2018  
@golftragic So true! Most of the people who move out here from New York City and Philadelphia have no idea about these animals either. I care about the environment too- and unfortunately caring about the environment sometimes means you have to reduce the population of animals which are destroying it too.
October 31st, 2018  
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