After weeks of making terrible noise we’ve finally replaced the diff in the stations body truck, it was a slow and difficult process as we don’t have the correct gear to lift the heavy diff into place, but after a bit of improvising and a bit heavy lifting we had it in place and bolted in. When the old diff was removed we didn’t find any metal shavings in the oil, just large bits and pieces in stead. Aside from that it was just a quick trip into Yarralin to pick up stores off the truck that’ll further top stations supplies for over the wet season.
Thunder and Lighting is clashing all around with promising signs of more rain but only a few drops have fallen at the homestead so far, hopefully it falls away from the main road so I can make it to Top Springs for Melbourne Cup tomorrow. We had more cattle lick arrive yesterday with the grader making putting it in the feeder the first priority of the day, by the time I had walked the loader to the feeder and back most of the day was gone, so the rest of the day spent cleaning the ute and fixing the three flat tires it had got during the day.
Today we finally got the replacement grader we’ve been waiting for, the old one was starting cause a series problems including the problem of starting with it now needing a jump start, pressure bleed and aerostart. Fortunately it will no longer be our problem and the new one will straight to work putting in preventative firebreaks in case we get fires from electrical storms. On Saturday I finally found a way though a large creek that had been stopping me from checking a fence on the other side, its a find I’m regretting the fence hasn’t been checked in over a year and is down in too many places to count, hopefully i’ll finish it off tomorrow.
Its been a steady couple of days Humbert carrying out routine work as well preparing for third round with the installation of the new calf cradle. I set off for a day of fencing today but had to detour into Yarralin to pick up supplies before I reached the fence in need of fixing, eventually I made it back out the fence which we found flattened yesterday and was able to fix it in time to put out more cattle lick in the afternoon. The rain that was predicted for the weekend never made an appearance leaving the station dry, hopefully we will get some in the near future.
With all the paving done it was business as usual yesterday with a full bore run and other odd jobs. The bore run when smoothly with nothing going wrong making for a nice change, the bores and pumps are all running flat out to keep up water to the cattle as the remaining billabongs have dried up putting more pressure on the troughs and dams. The rain that was predicted for weekend seems to snubbed us as there isn’t a single cloud in the sky.
We finally finished the paving this morning leaving us the rest of the day to catch on the other jobs we had around the station. Four tires needed fixing with the tubes and rust bands shredded in two of them, one of the paddocks was running low on cattle lick so it was quickly topped up. Finally rain has been predicted for tomorrow and the weekend, so we’ll hopefully get that rain we’ve been waiting for.
The past few days on Humbert have been pretty standard carrying out routine work such as bore runs, lick runs and fencing, we’ve also been collecting rocks to pave the front of the homestead. The trees around the station are flowering adding a bit of color to the dry environment, but with the flowers come the bees which swarm around the bores looking for any water they can get. The weather continues to heat up and is growing more humid by the day but there is still no sign of more rain, hopefully we’ll get some soon.
This morning rain fell again on Humbert with light showers falling over the station doing little more than keeping the dust down for a bit, but hopefully its a sign of good things to come. The past few days have been fairly steady with the new tip at the old out station finally completed and filled in, bore and lick runs have been going on as normal, and as always there’s been plenty of fences in need of checking leaving me with plenty to do. Today was spent dog baiting to deal with growing number of feral dogs on the station, these dogs attack calves with destructive results, leaving many animals mutilated or dead. The calves mothers defend them as much as they can but unfortunately it isn’t enough sometimes, so we need to help protect them with baiting programs.
The last couple of days have been fairly steady on the station with new tip completed yesterday morning all that had to be done was check a couple fences and a bore run. The bore run went alright except for two broken pipes with one of them flooding the cattle yards but that’s just life on a farm things break and bust all the time. Its important to make sure the fences are in good order to keep cattle were the’re meant to be and they need to be checked regularly, unfortunately not all the fences can driven along and have to be ridden along on the quad bike while others have that much rock its even hard going on the quad leaving you wonder a fence was built there in the first place. It should be a good weekend as i’m heading down to Tennant Creek tomorrow for the weekend.
A cool change has brought dark clouds and a cool easterly breeze but still no sign of more rain, the breeze is helped to make this morning’s lick run easier as they had to be loaded and unloaded manually. The rest of the day was spent working on the old tip to try increase its size to deal with the all the waste of the old yards and outstation.
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