The 2013/14 dairy season ends today and the new season starts tomorrow which makes this Gypsy weekend.
Dairy farms supplying export milk have dried off their cows and hundreds of people, their household goods and stock are on the move from one farm to another.
Some are taking promotion – taking on a sharemilking or management position for the first time and moving another step towards farm ownership or whatever other goal they might be saving.
Some will be taking on their own farm for the first time.
All will be looking forward to the next few weeks when they don’t have to get up early to milk the cows.
The change of jobs, farms and homes means big changes for those involved and the communities they leave and to which they go.
Some country schools can have more than a third of their pupils come and go.
That can be highly disruptive but a local principal says he’s noticed more families trying to stay within the school catchment area when they change farms so while their children might move home they don’t change schools.
It’s also the time of year when people get out their lists of things-to-do when it’s not so busy on the farm.
Experience would suggest that’s done more in hope than expectation.