On the move again

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.

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2 Responses to On the move again

  1. Gravedodger says:

    Finally have a direct connection to this ever growing NZ local legend with Niece, who is nursing the often very damaged little souls in NeoNatal has her Partner changing his management role and farm, no herd involved.
    It truly has become a mass migration with its growing legend of folklore surrounding the thousands of cows, trucks of equipment and vans of household possessions.

    The only similar phenomenon from my past was when most if not all the mobs of ewes were driven to local saleyards, often for the only annual occupation of that structure, embodied in “The Ewe Fair”, where mobs of cast for age and surplus to requirement Twotooths from stations and runs (a mysterious and often unfathomable variation in descriptive) were relocated down country for a further life of comparative luxury. ie better pastures and less snow etc.
    One rather disgruntled townie was heard to complain in the Waipara Pub after negotiating the many flocks descending into Amberley on a certain Monday morning in February c1947,”why are all the farmers taking their sheep for a walk on the road today”???LOL
    That minor and very local activity was nowhere near as massive in potential for Murphy’s law as the now aptly described Gypsy Day has become.

  2. JC says:

    Moving and going to a different school is certainly disruptive but many a public servant will be having a hollow laugh at CPAG’s distress at kids being forced to change schools so that dad could get a job.

    Out eldest attended *six* schools in two years 30 odd years ago.

    Shifting *is* hard for kids, especially that first one, but I think long term they are the better for it as it makes them more adaptable and unafraid to move for something better.


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