My cousin Josh is a sheep farmer. If you want to gain his attention you have to be prepared to talk about sheep farming. Fortunately, I am happy to talk about sheep farming, so we did while I was visiting his father, my uncle Ric. Josh, his wife and daughter came to dinner one night and we talked about sheep farming in Australia and France.
The finest Awassi ram.
Josh already raises sheep for meat but he is also in the very early stages of an ambitious new project.
The Awassi rams check us out.
He has planning permission for a 3000 head herd of dairy ewes. The dairy itself and the ewes haven't arrived yet, but when we visited Uncle Ric a herd of about twenty rams were living in his house paddock.
Thirsty rams take a drink.
The rams are handsome beasts, a Middle Eastern breed called Awassi. They are used to being handled and are very tame.
Ric and Sheila's farm near Geelong.
Josh's big idea is to sell milk powder to the Chinese, many of whom, like himself, are bovine lactose intolerant. He's hoping to be able to undertake a study trip to Israel to see sheep dairies there.
At the dinner table at Ric and Sheila's. Josh in middle.