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This well designed, well made and elegantly conceived sheep dip is on land in the ownership of the Studholme family, a family of the earliest settlers of the Waimate area. A dip is filled with a dilute aqueous solution of chemicals making a liquor which wets the fleece and kills parasites in the wool and disease organisms and spores. The sheep are made to swim the length of the dip and ar, at a couple of points, pushed completely under the liquor by farm hands with wooden poles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij2TtFBKZk4&feature=related - shows the process in graphic detail. The dip is said to date from the latter part of the 19thC and is mass concrete fully plastered on all surfaces except the standing area. It incorporates a hard standing area where just-dipped sheep could be kept to allow the expensive dip liquor to run out of their fleece and thus be direced back into the dip proper to be re-used, channels and sumps to facilitate that, a deflector at the exit end of the dip so that the "bow wave" of dip liquor created by sheep moving up the exit ramp and out of the pond would not spill out of the pond and overhangs all along the top of the walls forming the pond (dip) to discourage sheep from attempting to rear up as they tend to do and to also keep the liquor in place.
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Photo taken in Waimate, New Zealand
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