NZ Screening date 25 February 2004
Saturday, the morning after the night before, and somehow
Lex convinces Jo and Lou that a good run is the best way to
shake off a hangover…especially when it is only 7 degrees
Following on from this the one shower at the house is in
great demand, but a City Girl never compromises on looking
Jo and Lou get to work on the plan for the rest of the day,
and this kicks off with a trip to Paul the dairy farmer’s
place to have ago at clay bird shooting, and Paul’s
mate Dave, a former New Zealand Clay-Bird Shooting champion
is along to give the best possible tuition. For those who
still haven’t downed a single bird Dave pulls out the
big guns…in this case that proves to be a bigger gun!
The girls head home to ready themselves for the next thing
on the list, a beauty therapy session, and upon arrival at
the house find another present from Farmer Matt, yet another
orphaned lamb, who is given the name “Lucky”,
in the hope that this will give him an edge that Moses and
Summer didn’t have.
Just as the five girls are about to leave in search of sun-beds
the phone rings and Presto is on the other end…he needs
help and he needs it now! Jo selflessly volunteers to assist
and Kristy agrees to be the film crew as they help Presto
and his wife Annie to get a cow through a difficult delivery.
The calf is just too big to get out under its own power,
and even the combined efforts of a whole team of humans is
not proving enough…Presto uses the ATV but its hindquarters
are still stuck fast and he thinks that it may already be
dead, but Annie doesn’t give up hope, as it happens
the calf didn’t make it but the cow survived so all
was not lost. Not quite the way Jo expected the day to turn
A new week and Kate and Kristy are helping up at the crack
of dawn helping Matt with deer, a new experience for any of
the City Girls.
Matt and the girls have to look through all of these three-year-old
hinds and sort out the “elite” hinds from the
rest…these special deer have a large white tag on their
ears that identify them and the are monitored more thoroughly
than the others.
Kate has a go at asserting her authority over the deer, but
it turns out to be closer to a draw than anything else!
On Presto’s farm Lou, Jo and Lex find that animals can
be very co-operative if there is a meal in the offing, and
the trend towards giving everything that moves a name has
gathered pace, with Lou contributing some really memorable
The three girls go out on a lambing beat by themselves and
happen upon a ewe in difficulty…as soon as Presto sees
her he knows what has to happen, but the killing still shakes
the girls, even though Jo says that she is getting used to
it (yeh, riiiight !).Brave words from a committed vegetarian,
but as Lex lends a hand Jo seems to be drifting ever further
from the vicinity of the butchery. In the end Jo gives it
her all by helping with the slicing and dicing of the ex-ewe
as the other two encourage her, but she doesn’t seem
too upset when Lou takes over the really gory stuff!
A new day and for the first time all five City Girls get
to work together to help Presto to dock 3200 lambs. He has
gathered some of his usual docking gang but the five girls
will be invaluable help if he is going to get through the
massive number of sheep in good time.
The first task is to separate the lambs from their mothers,
so as to avoid the little ones getting squashed in the crowd
of adult animals, and the docking gang do this by using a
long strip of hessian and forming a human chain.
This done, every lamb goes into a shoot to have its ear cut,(to
show who it belongs to), a mark scratched on its leg (to prevent
a disease called scrapi), a rubber band around the testicles
and then to complete the fun day out for the lambs their tails
are cut off…wonder what second prize was!
Presto, as with all experts, makes it look easy, but there
is no doubt that this is hard, hard work, and by days end
the City Girls go home absolutely knackered (if the lambs
will pardon the phrase!).