While shepherds watched their flocks by night

December 2017 Newsletter

For me Christmas has always been an exciting time… Holidays, Shopping, Presents, Decorations, Christmas Carols, Summer, Swimming, Family gatherings. Amidst all the excitement I like to remember two things. Firstly, Christmas is the celebration of Jesus birth and secondly, for many folk Christmas is a distressing time, perhaps because of family rifts or the financial burden or extra work and social pressures.

Squatter is all about sheep and that reminds me that it was shepherds, watching their flocks that were the first to receive the news of Jesus.

While shepherds watched their flocks by night

Squatter is also about family entertainment, and has a wonderful way of teasing out conversations around the table. It is my belief and desire that these conversations build a platform for better communications and understanding in our families and community. As a gift idea Squatter is an excellent and economical choice, because it is suitable as a gift for the whole family.


Trivia

Inside one shipping container of Squatter Games, the total number of sheep represented is more than 138 million sheep. (Remember each sheep token represents 200 sheep)

Tucker Bag Card

Tucker Bag superfine

Tucker Bag cards provide insight to many stock raising principles.

Maintaining farm profitability is often a juggle between two or more conflicting goals. In wool production, one of the juggles is between achieving more valuable, fine quality, low fibre-diameter (micron) wool without reducing the amount of wool produced.

According to NSW Department of Primary Industries

“Around 90% of the value of a Merino fleece is determined by two traits – fleece weight and average fibre diameter. Selection on either trait of fleece weight or fibre diameter on its own will lead to slow deterioration in the other, it is easy to achieve simultaneous improvement in both traits by using an appropriate selection index to rank sheep on their combined performance for both.” more

Check out this link to discover the four basic strains of Merino sheep and the range of quality of Merino wool - from “Ultrafine” wool as fine as 12.5 microns through to “Strong” wool over 22 microns.

Person troughing fleece on the wool table in the shearing shed

View of herd of sheep that have been freshly shorn inside shearing shed

Playing a game of Squatter can be just for fun. But the chances are, you will learn a lot about raising sheep and other livestock along the way.

Quotes about Squatter

We took our copy of Squatter to the UK seven years ago, my younger daughter taught my cousins how to play and we left it with them. They agreed to her view that it was fun and superior to other board games.” (Peter, Adelaide)

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