Rural Ettrick In Winter

We saw this long pivot irrigator parked in a paddock just outside Ettrick on our way back from Central Otago to Gore on 02 June 2018 (winter in New Zealand). We’d decided to drive a little way up a side road on a whim and this was right near the fence. They’re pretty impressive when you’re right up next to them!

These photos were all taken by Nigel.


Beautiful blue sky. And yet this is the same trip that I’ve previously posted about, showing photos of icy hoar frost. Well that was all behind us by the time we got to Ettrick. Couldn’t have been more different.


These long ‘worms’ of plastic-wrapped silage were sitting on the roadside verge. Unusual, they’d usually be stored on the farmer’s own land.


This is what the conditions were like on the other side of Roxburgh where we’d come from. Just a few kilometres back up the road it’d been grey sky, freezing fog, hoar frost and really chilly.


Couldn’t believe the difference a few kilometres made!

Text by Liz and Photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2018)

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    1. As I’ve said before we don’t get so many “worms”. Lots of farmers in our region grow swedes or beets as winter fodder and individual wrapped silage bales are left scattered across the paddocks with the crops growing around them. They have to feed the cattle hay/silage in conjunction with the brassicas. Is this done on your farm or in your region? Southland has a long-held reputation for growing great swedes.


    1. Dear Ellen, I fell about laughing at the “irritation set up”, how wonderful! I can’t say for sure but its likely set up just to support grass growth on a dairy farm. They probably make a decision each year as to whether it stays in grass or gets made into silage. My blog-friend Carol did a great post about their family making silage on their farm in Oklahoma with good photos of the process, at:

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