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The expression ‘Riding on the Sheep’s Back’ was once associated with the prosperity that Australia derived from wool and sheep.

In many parts of Australia sheep graziers are struggling now to make ends meet.

Drought in the Flinders Ranges and the northern parts of South Australia has taken a severe toll. Most properties are either half stocked or all the flocks have been removed.

Whole communities are struggling to survive. Wool prices are low too, but because of the scarcity, meat prices are very high.

Good times or bad, the remaining sheep still need shearing.

Beltana Station, northern Flinders Ranges.