Farmer's incredible act after Covid restrictions kept him from family funeral

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A NSW farmer has paid special tribute to his aunt after he was unable to travel to her funeral in Queensland because of strict Covid-19 border closures.

Ben Jackson, from Guyra in northern NSW, used what he had on his property to help pay his respects this week and captured it all on a drone camera.

In footage posted to his Instagram on Wednesday, hundreds of sheep can be seen flocking to grain placed in the shape of a love heart.

Hundreds of sheep can be seen flocking to grain placed in the shape of a love heart.
In footage posted to Instagram on Wednesday, hundreds of sheep can be seen flocking to grain placed in the shape of a love heart. Source: Ben Jackson/Instagram

“I made this for my Aunty Deb. We said goodbye yesterday,” he captioned the video.

“I hope you had a peep down and saw this from up there.”

Simon and Garfunkel's 'Bridge over Troubled Waters' — one of his aunt’s “favourite tunes” — can be heard playing in the background.

Mr Jackson said his tribute was played at Deb’s funeral in Brisbane in place of his absence.

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The farmer told The Weekly Times he had felt “hopeless” on his farm and unable to travel to support his family.

“…I wanted to show my love somehow. I know there are lots of people in worse situations, but it's still painful,” he said.

Mr Jackson, who has long been creating “sheep art” on his property, said his aunt loved to visit and hear about his latest creations.

“I just hope that when I did it, Debbie took one eye off from having a yarn with her loved ones up there and looked down and saw my heart for her,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Mr Jackson said he was “completely and utterly unprepared” for how the Covid lockdown and border closures have affected him and his family, noting how many people are “doing it tough in Australia and the world”.

Mr Jackson is seen.
Mr Jackson said his tribute was played at Deb’s funeral in Brisbane in place of his absence. Source: Instagram

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