The Drafting Gate was invented by William Lockhart Morton in September 1847, at Corack, some 40 kilometres east of Warracknabeal in western Victoria. It proved to be invaluable in stock-handling ever since.
A Year 5 student from Naracoorte Primary School was so impressed by his first encounter with a drafting gate that he wrote a game in Scratch2 to show other students how it worked. In Year 6, Thomas Wachmer rewrote his game for The Sheep’s Back Museum.
Sheep arrive in the ‘race’ at the top of the screen, and move quickly down the screen. Click the mouse button to open the gate and redirect the shorn (white) sheep to a separate holding pen.