La Sirena is a laid-back family owned estancia [ranch] in the Soriano district of western Uruguay, bordering the Rio Negro. Gaucho farmhands are difficult to find in this area, so when the local vet Analia is called in for a day to treat their cattle, the Bruce family are riding out to the scrub just after sunrise to round up the herd. A hundred head of cattle are driven back to a corral close to the farmhouse, where lunch is served and the heat of the day is avoided indoors for an hour or so. The cattle are skillfully corralled on horseback by Rodney and Lucia into a rickety wooden sluice where the vet is able to assess them and separate those requiring treatment. After a hard day's work the family return the cattle to the land and enjoy a scenic horse ride back to the property in the waning sunlight, and the horses are returned to pasture for the night.

With thanks to the Bruce family.
Music by Café Turrone

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