High country muster heads for sales

20:44, Feb 27 2013
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KICKING UP DUST: A flock of 1800 ewes droved from the hills south of Tekapo down to the town's saleyards.
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SIGHT TO SEE: Tourists stop to watch the flock of ewes being droved to the Tekapo saleyards.
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TRAFFIC STOPPER: A flock of sheep being droved to saleyards in Tekapo spill out onto the main road.
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BIG JOB: Philip Mackay, owner of Streamlands Station, moved around 1800 sheep with the help of George Lott and Johnny Penfold and 16 dogs, down to the Tekapo Saleyards.
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LONG TREK: The flock of 1800 ewes were droved 50km over three days from Streamlands Station to the Tekapo salesyard.
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RUGGED LAND: The flock of 1800 ewes were droved 50km over three days from Streamlands Station to the Tekapo salesyard.

A mob of 1800 ewes from Streamlands Station have been droved from the hills south of Tekapo down to the town's saleyards to be sold off today at the annual merino ewe sale.

Streamlands Station owner Phil Mackay said the journey took three days, covered 50 kilometers and took the help of 16 dogs and three people on horseback.

About 10,500 sheep from about 20 high country stations located around Tekapo and Burkes Pass will be sold under the auctioneers hammer this afternoon.

Earlier this morning, high country farmers in the Lower Waitaki will sell their ewes at a similar sale at the saleyards in Omarama.

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