These farm workers are spreading grass seed on steep hill country. The bush cover has been burnt, but large trees have been left standing and the ground is covered in a tangle of charred roots and trees. This hard hill country was difficult to develop and, once initial fertility declined, weeds and bush regrowth became a problem. This sort of country was better suited for running cattle and adult sheep than for fattening lambs for the frozen meat trade.
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