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great-grandfather Pat Ballesty was a farmer
when he came out from Westmeath in 1864. He...
eh... came out to some cousins of his, the
Ham family from Arrecifes.
||And he went to
an estancia there and he started just minding
sheep under a big wagon in the middle of the
||As they used
to do in those times, instead of paying them...
paying them a salary, they used to work a
year around for a percentage of the lambs.
||And then they
allowed them, they generally allowed this
people to eh... keep their own flocks. So
he kept on minding eh... the Ham’s flock
and at the same time he was minding his own
soon he got to have an enormous flock and
in 1883, just 19 years after he was here,
he got to buy 600 hectares of his own land.