Labour pains? National delivers

When you serve a large rural electorate you have to be prepared to lend a hand:

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker’s duties took a turn for the unusual when he drove past a bleeding ewe in a paddock, pulled over, and helped deliver a lamb. . . 

“What’s great about small communities is it only takes one phone call to find the local information you need. The lady I phoned knew who the paddock belonged to. She phoned the farmer, who arrived 45 minutes later.”

A gloveless Walker then assisted the farmer in birthing the lamb, which required him to reach in and pull out the lamb by hand, a process Walker described as “normal”. . . 

That’s taking the adage that Labour pains, National delivers literally.

3 Responses to Labour pains? National delivers

  1. pdm says:

    `A gloveless Walker………………’

    Good god. I spent the first 17 years of my life on farms, my father was both a shepherd and a farm manager. My father would have lambed hundreds of ewes while I did a few dozen myself.

    Not a glove in sight.

    The best pay I ever received was as a fifteen year old doing my paper run (4 miles there and 4 miles back on a metal road) by bike when I spotted a neighbours ewe having difficulties. I stopped caught and lambed the ewe then leg roped it to a fence because it would not stay with the lamb. I then went on to tell the neighbors about the ewe.

    Next morning the neighbour dropped in half a crown for my efforts and offered me a holiday job which I took and the following year at 16 I managed his farm for a few days while he was away.

    Not a glove to be seen.

  2. homepaddock says:

    I raised my eyebrows at the gloveless too and noted that while the reporter quoted Hamish saying that was normal the reporter didn’t seem to think so.

  3. Murray Roxburgh says:

    Depends on circumstances and background training.

    Modern emergency response and first aid training has gloving before any exposure to fluids especially blood.

    There are many nasties out there far more than there used to be and prevention is a current first thought in training.

    That said sometimes my life in primary production sometimes over ruled my more recent training when a quick response seemed necessary.
    Never carried gloves for a lambing beat but rarely worked with cattle without protection
    Ironically contracted Leptospirosis slaughtering an injured dairy beef bull, originally bought in from a town supply herd that owner declined to vaccinate for Lepto, The docs at Masterton Hosp decided the virus accessed me via either a splash in my eye unlikely but most probably via the delicate tissues under finger nails. All in all a less than pleasant experience that still has left me with mood and emotional changes and a week in hospital at the time. It was over a year before I wanted the challenge of Crosswords and other puzzles again.

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