Then the RSPCA got into the act about animal cruelty, and before you could say "lamb chop" the government had worked out a way to save themselves the subsidy and placate the animal cruelty people: they passed a law saying that farmers had to equip all their sheep with shoes! Well, it was a disaster. The sheep flatly refused to wear them, and every night they's discard them and the farmers would be spending all the next day recovering the shoes and putting them back on the sheep. There are a lot of lazy New Zealanders, so there were a lot of sheep around wearing odd shoes There were murmurings that the fashion-conscious sheep were going to revolt "en masse", which is a bit of a worry, because the IQ of a sheep and of your average New Zealander is about the same, and there was no guarantee that the sheep wouldn't take over!
Anyway, the NZ government stepped in at the last moment to ward off the trouble, and repealed the shoes-for-sheep law. So, now, all over New Zealand, there are fences full of discarded shoes. They make quite a good wind break, so everyone is happy. The bra fence is quite a different story.
That was an initiative of the New Zealand Country Women's Association, who decided that it was indecent to have their milking cows running around with their private parts exposed, so the dairy farmers had to equip all cows over ten moths old with suitable udder-coverers. That law, actually, is working quite well, and the cows are perfectly content the bulls are a bit put-out, however! Problem is, there's been a drought north of Queenstown, so many of the farmers have had to kill and eat their milking cows, which means there are quite a few left-over bras just hanging around There are lots of fences just like the one you saw -- I guess you just weren't alert enough to see the others.
Send a private message to Alan. Find More Posts by Alan. But I have to say the farmers weren't being very fair to the sheep. How could the sheep possibly be expected to wear mismatched pairs of shoes. Would you? They probably felt very silly. After all, most of us like to be in style. I don't blame them in the least for throwing the shoes over the fence. Had the farmer been thinking at all, he would have made sure the sheep had beautiful matching shoes.
As for the cows, Sorry, but I don't buy your reason. I think it must have been the bulls , yelling at the cows So they all got together and started to swing the bras over their heads in a cirlular motion , ending with the bras being flung to the fence.
The cheering of the bulls could be heard for many kilometres. Whew, I feel so much better , now that the mystery is solved. Hey, I saw these too. Seriously, no one can believe what Alan and Kodi say. Send a private message to Chenoa. Find More Posts by Chenoa.
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The staff here are great and gave us excellent advice on hikes we could do. The shop is terrific too, check out the t-shirts! And the mural of Minerva Hoyt on the front wall - whose vision of saving this environment led to the establishment of this wonderful National Park - is well worth checking out too, it's lovely. We went to all three entrances of the park and by far, the 29 Palms entrance provides access to the best hiking. I am 60 and do not want something too hard but a mile hike with a moderate incline will work for me.
Seeing wildlife is my goal but a close second is landscapes to photograph. This is the place. I recommend Split Rock 2 miles round trip for a pre-sunrise hike.
About 15 minutes from the Marriott in 29 Palms. Limited restrooms in the park and no water so bring plenty. Cold mornings - 44 this morning but up to 60s by mid-day. Some hikes are very windy so good idea to bring long sleeves despite being in Southern California in a desert!
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