Pet parade at the South Downs school. The event is held each year, and most of the pets are "mismothered" lambs (the mother having rejected the offspring) that are bottle-fed by members of the farm family; when the animals are old enough, they are returned to the flock.
The South Downs rugby team. Rugby is one of the most popular sports in New Zealand, and many rural districts have their own teams, which play in competition with other nearby districts. The members of the South Downs rugby club (not only players by any means) invariably gather for a drink at the clubhouse after the game.
Sheep being exhibited at the Agricultural and Pastoral Association show in South Downs. Annual shows of this kind are held throughout New Zealand, providing a context in which local farmers may compete over the quality of their stock and other farm products.
A husband and wife working with lambs. Besides castrating the males, the couple are removing the animals' tails so that dung will not become matted in the fleece. The family is at a relatively early stage of the developmental cycle, when the woman's work on the property is an essential part of the farm's operation. Eventually the farmer will hire casual help to assist with jobs like this.
A down-country farmer shifting stock from one paddock to another. He is accompanied by his two sheep dogs, which are trained to run ahead of the farmer, on command, and guide the direction of the flock.