Drought is no laughing matter but a North Canterbury has found an opportunity for humour while feeding out:
. . .Parnassus sheep farmer Mike Bowler has been hit hard by the drought, which has crippled farming operations throughout North Canterbury.
The harsh conditions have scorched his fields, requiring Bowler to drop thousands of dollars of feed each day for his stock.
To vent his frustration, each day he scatters the feed into a different pattern, manipulating his sheep into a giant roadside billboard.
One day it was the shape of a kiwi; other days it has been the names of his grandchildren.
Bowler’s most popular design expressed in simple terms what many of his fellow farmers are thinking – “bugger”.
His sheep art had been a useful way for dealing with his frustration, he said.
“I feel that if I’m pouring that much money into the ground I might as well get some benefit from it, even if it is just a smile from somebody going along the road.” . . .