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Dipping at Ōrari Gorge station

Dipping at Ōrari Gorge station

Farm workers dip sheep at Ōrari Gorge Station, around 1899. Regular dipping protected sheep from infestations of scab (a skin-burrowing mite that causes wool to fall off, leaving a greenish scab) and other parasites. A popular dip consisted of glycerine mixed with water. Up to 7,000 sheep could be dipped in one day.

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury places - Geraldine', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2021)

Story by John Wilson, updated 17 Aug 2015