City Scenes: Farmer’s best friend feature as pic of the week in their element on Mullewa grain farm

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
Hazel, Hyacinth, Kirby and Merle.
Camera IconHazel, Hyacinth, Kirby and Merle. Credit: Kylie Rowe

This week’s City Scenes photo of the week is not from the city as such, but speaks volumes about the heart of this region.

Kylie Rowe lives on a farm in Mullewa around the Devils Creek area, while enjoying the farming lifestyle for around 30 years, she has taken up breeding border collies.

Her farm consists mainly of grain production, but she also owns a few horses and cattle to entertain the paddock.

The segment has gone outback this week in this image of four pure-bred border collies — Hazel, Hyacinth, Kirby and Merle — sitting patiently on a ute tray, surrounded by lush flowering grain and one of the region’s uniquely beautiful sunsets.

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As well as grain farming, Mrs Rowe said she had been breeding border collies for 10-15 years, and considered them “very smart and very loyal dogs”.

“I love where I live, it’s all the serenity a person could need,” she said. “To raise children, you couldn’t ask for a better life.”

Mrs Rowe lives on the farm with her husband — she said her five sons had grown up and left the flock.

“The three eldest have finished school and moved on, and the two youngest are boarders in Perth,” Mrs Rowe said.

The dogs and other animals keep her busy out in the country.

“The horses and dogs are what keep me sane now my boys have grown up,” she said.

“I’ve always had border collies, they come everywhere with me.”

Mrs Rowe said border collies were fantastic working dogs, and they also worked well in agility homes, but she warned the breed needed plenty of attention.

“Any of those working breeds need a lot of exercise, if they don’t get it, that’s when they start digging up holes and misbehaving,” she said.

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