"The 150 merino ewes lie in a twisted clump, their fleece charred black by fire that swept through a paddock at Talmo, outside Yass.
The animals are almost entirely camouflaged by ash, though pink flesh protrudes from the undercarriage of one.
In death, many have rested their heads on each other.
The odd survivors are dragging broken legs, their eyes and ears burnt and mouths foaming.
By the day's end, they'll be shot and a front-end loader will be used to bury them.
A bullet will spare them slow death from starvation, dehydration, infection and organ failure.
One farmer has lost 700 sheep from his flock of 3000 and estimates the cost at $100,000.
Then there's the kilometres of fencing that will need to be replaced at his 1500-acre property in the NSW southern tablelands.
Ninety per cent of the property is fire affected, and it could be more than six months before grass regenerates."
You won't see many photos like these.
Too gruesome for public consumption I expect.
I was prompted to look for them today after seeing footage taken of the 150 sheep mentioned in the report above.
Who'd be a farmer in Australia?
If it's not bushfires, it's terrible floods.
They are such a strong resilient breed, these farmers. They have my utmost respect.
Of course the stock losses aren't the only animals to suffer.
The native animals are suffering too.
.... and if you'd like to read an amazing story of this family's survival
click here :
Not too cheerful today !