Mustering the biggest mob!
The mob mustered today was around 1000 head and we pretty much got them in with no drama!
A agent named Mick came out to inspect and take pictures of the cattle and put there profile on the auction website were they are sold. We had to weigh them in the crush while he checked them over. I had to bang-tail about a hundred of them to be sold later and this time I was told that was the last of bang-tailing for sure this time!
During the afternoon we were tailing the cattle out in the paddock as they were gazing a storm was approaching and all of a sudden ben spots some smoke about a km away. Before you know the wind starts right up and the fire is well over the treetops so we rush the cattle back home to the yards as fast as we can and fill up the tank for the firefighter and then, thank goodness, it started to pour down rain and put out the fire!
Dan left today so it was the first sign that the mustering was coming to an end even though we did still have a few more paddocks to do.
10/07 - 10/12
A little of this, a little of that!
We woke up extra early this morning and hit the road to muster Ben’s cattle he has on adjustment on another property. We got them in and drafted the lot. We set up thier homemade branding trailer and put it through it’s paces and it worked well. Ben is very proud of his creation!
10/14 - 10/17
A little more of this, a little more of that!
Booked my plane ticket and had another big storm
I booked my flight out of Queensland the day after my last day of work! Just have to hope the weather stays fair the day before we head into townsville. I got some pretty cool picks of this storm approaching and once it was here. It was a doozy.
Bull muster mayhem!
We mustered the bull paddock and of course the last one we muster goes great until just before we get back to the yards, one last little creek crossing and the bulls take off every witch way into the prickly bushes and we scramble all over to try and regroup the mob. I thought we did a good job of that and got the mob into the holding paddock. We had to go back to get the few that made a quick escape into the prickly bushes and rounded them up with no problems. While I was holding the bulls on the trough I got a great picture of a hawk flying overhead with the moon behind him in the blue sky, very cool picture.
The beast we killed this time was in the yards from the muster the day before so Ben just shot him right there and we cleaned him in the shade behind the shed!
Another day in the meat house!
Made sausages all day long and went into Richmond for some jazz fest and it was a marching band from the army. It was a good time though.
10/24 - 10/26
Last days on the cattle station
Sprayed some prickly bushes with poison in 39c heat!!! Not very fun at all, but I will remember that forever!!! Did some other odd jobs including more spraying in a cooler 35c! Not really a great last two days of work in the Queensland outback but I was almost free so it didn’t phase me at all!
Back to civilization
At 6am drove 600km’s into Townsville, flew 1700km’s to Sydney and then took the train 160km’s to Newcastle and arrived about 10pm. Whew! Big day of travel eh! It was so nice to be there and sleep in there awesome super comfy guest bed!
10/28 - Present
Just catching up on some well deserved rest! Also eating chicken and seafood and NO beef! haha