The headline is part of the reply from a friend of mine in New South Wales who has a Superfine Merino stud. A fairly new one, built on the hard work of generations of farmers before him plus the superb research of the Oz Merino industry.
His life’s work and his family’s future is under threat if his sheep are engulfed in the flames. I cannot imagine how he must be feeling with thousands of sheep out in lots he can’t access to gather in. And even assuming he COULD gather them – where? Where is safe?
Another friend from Tasmania reports her brother is a vet and has spent days now travelling round euthanasing burnt suffering sheep. Heart breaking for all concerned.
Another vet friend working from a centre in the fire hit area reports that it’s “hot as hell” with the temperature 48C on the verandah on Tuesday evening. Severe stock losses with some people burned trying to protect them. Worse is predicted in February he reports.
I have yet to hear from another friend with thousands of Superfines and a large flock of Angora goats.
My heart goes out to all those struggling to keep their sheep and their livelihoods safe. Pray for rain!
If you can bear it, this gives you a fairly graphic idea of what it is like to live through this. Heart-breaking – be warned.