Educational film about hop gathering and beef production in Australia.
A Pro Patria presentation produced by British Instructional Films Ltd.
Scenic shot of hop fields in Derwent Valley in Tasmania. Hop fields. Families involved in hop picking. Overseer inspects the hops in C/U. Child swings on a vine trying to pull it down. A woman assists. Stripping the vines. Husks are put into sacks. C/U of this process. Sacks weighed on simple portable weighing machines. Motor lorries take them to the hop kilns. Sacks are unloaded into kilns. Steamer takes hops down the Derwent River to the breweries.
Shots of the Australian countryside. Beef cattle on the hillside (narrator points out that best food to eat with beer is beef). Horses being saddled by cattlemen. They set off to round up the herd. They ride through the countryside. They unload their horses and make a camp. A man chops logs and a fire is lit. The cook makes Damper - Australian camp bread - for the hungry party. Men sit around talking and eating. They set off in the morning. Stockman's hut becomes their headquarters. They find the herd and bring them back from the pastures. Cattle are rounded up in a mountain mist.
White gum trees. Cows walk across a river. Men ride along in a line. Animals selected for killing are placed in a pen. C/U of the cows. Train takes them to meat works. The cows are let out of the train carriages. Shot of the abattoir. Electric saws used for cutting up the meat - a carcass is sliced in two. Sides of beef are seen. Meat placed in refrigerator. Frozen meat sent to the coast to be shipped from the company's wharf. Sent North - to England.
Note: this title does not feature in the "Secrets of Nature" filmography from Mary Field's book.