Ron McKinnon’s Bullock Team Ron McKinnon’s Bullock team will be back again appearing at #MFSR2017! Don’t miss out seeing history in action! A Little History: Bert McKinnon (Ron’s grandfather) had his first bullock team in the early 1920’s on a property to the north of Tomerong, on the South Coast of NSW. He cut timber, mostly spotted gum for boat building, on the property and then carted it to Huskisson, at Jervis Bay, using two jinkers behind the bullock team – one log a day! Ron’s father, Bill, and his Uncle Ian began working in the bush in their teens, falling logs and snigging them with their father’s team. Later in the 1940’s they both had teams of their own pulling logs to local sawmills. Tomerong in the 1930’s and 40’s had 10 bullock teams supplying logs to the many sawmills that were operating at the time. Tomerong grew and was successful due to the timber industry and every log that went to the sawmill was snigged by a bullock team. Both Bill and Ian sold their teams in the early 1950’s and bought ex-army Blitz trucks which were readily available after World War II. In 1967 Bert bought another team of bullocks and Bill drove them, once again snigging logs out of the bush to a dump where a truck picked them up. They were loaded on to the truck by the bullocks. Ron McKinnon was then 12 years old and “off-siding” for his father. Two years later the bullocks were sold due to a drought and the blitz once again took over the job of snigging logs. Those times in the bush working bullocks with his father stuck in Ron’s memory and decades later, in 2001, (when his wife, Ruth got sick of him talking about bullocks and suggested he should just go ahead and “do it”) Ron bought eight young Illawarra steer calves from two local dairy farmers. Using the clear memories of his days off-siding with his father, Ron broke his little team in to the yoke. His three daughters helped from the beginning, bucket-feeding the calves and then later off-siding for Ron just as he had done for his father many years before. In the years since, the team has grown, in number and size, and Ron now has twenty-four bullocks either broken in or in the process of becoming part of the team. The largest of the team are some of those original animals; now weighing about 1200kg! Ron drives the bullocks the same way as his father and grandfather did, using the same language and the same equipment. Ron uses the team in his forestry work, snigging logs out of the bush, where they are often better than logging equipment as they are able to pull a log out of the bush with minimal impact on the environment. Ron’s bullock team is one of only a handful of working teams left in Australia. They’ve become quite well known and much in demand as he has taken them to shows all over NSW and Victoria, displaying the old Australian art of bullock driving.
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30th March - 2nd April 2017
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Ron McKinnon’s bullock team Ron McKinnon’s Bullock team will be back again appearing at #MFSR2017! Don’t miss out seeing history in action! A Little History: Bert McKinnon (Ron’s grandfather) had his first bullock team in the early 1920’s on a property to the north of Tomerong, on the South Coast of NSW. He cut timber, mostly spotted gum for boat building, on the property and then carted it to Huskisson, at Jervis Bay, using two jinkers behind the bullock team – one log a day! Ron’s father, Bill, and his Uncle Ian began working in the bush in their teens, falling logs and snigging them with their father’s team. Later in the 1940’s they both had teams of their own pulling logs to local sawmills. Tomerong in the 1930’s and 40’s had 10 bullock teams supplying logs to the many sawmills that were operating at the time. Tomerong grew and was successful due to the timber industry and every log that went to the sawmill was snigged by a bullock team. Both Bill and Ian sold their teams in the early 1950’s and bought ex-army Blitz trucks which were readily available after World War II. In 1967 Bert bought another team of bullocks and Bill drove them, once again snigging logs out of the bush to a dump where a truck picked them up. They were loaded on to the truck by the bullocks. Ron McKinnon was then 12 years old and “off-siding” for his father. Two years later the bullocks were sold due to a drought and the blitz once again took over the job of snigging logs. Those times in the bush working bullocks with his father stuck in Ron’s memory and decades later, in 2001, (when his wife, Ruth got sick of him talking about bullocks and suggested he should just go ahead and “do it”) Ron bought eight young Illawarra steer calves from two local dairy farmers. Using the clear memories of his days off-siding with his father, Ron broke his little team in to the yoke. His three daughters helped from the beginning, bucket-feeding the calves and then later off-siding for Ron just as he had done for his father many years before. In the years since, the team has grown, in number and size, and Ron now has twenty- four bullocks either broken in or in the process of becoming part of the team. The largest of the team are some of those original animals; now weighing about 1200kg! Ron drives the bullocks the same way as his father and grandfather did, using the same language and the same equipment. Ron uses the team in his forestry work, snigging logs out of the bush, where they are often better than logging equipment as they are able to pull a log out of the bush with minimal impact on the environment. Ron’s bullock team is one of only a handful of working teams left in Australia. They’ve become quite well known and much in demand as he has taken them to shows all over NSW and Victoria, displaying the old Australian art of bullock driving.
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30th March - 2nd April 2017
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