More Rain

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. 

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A Steady Few Days

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. 

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Loader and Lick

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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First Rains

The first rains of the season fell last night on Humbert it was only a light sprinkle but its still a good sign for this early in the year, hopefully there will be more to come soon. Today’s bore run was pretty uneventful making it a fairly easy day on Humbert, but as it continues to heat up we have to continuously run the bores and pumps to keep water up to the cattle. Hopefully more rain will be on its way shortly and the place will green up a bit giving the cattle some extra feed.

Bores, Belts and Broken Pipes

The last left truck the station this morning meaning second round has come to an end and it’ll be back to station life as normal, today’s bore run proved to be more interesting than normal with one bore having broken belts, another threw both belts without explanation, thankfully they both seem to be running fine with the belt replaced. At another bore the pipe was blown and in need of a hasty repair before the turkey nest lost any more water.

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Keeping Up The Essentials

The last two days have been busy on Humbert, we’ve been on bore runs and putting out cattle lick, with the weather starting to heat up the cattle are drinking more water than ever and were now running the pumps continually just to keep up. Were also putting out more cattle lick than before, the cattle lick gives the cattle extra nutrients such as protein which are lacking in the dry pasture. Clouds have returned to the skies above Humbert, a sure sign that the build up has begun. The potty calves are doing well, their getting bigger and now  feeding well on the feeder.

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Another Week Begins

Its another week on Humbert River Station with the kicking off with a quick day trip (850km return) to town yesterday, to pick up supplies. While today was spent sorting out supplies, checking more fences and feeding the cattle in the yards. With the loader broken this has become a difficult task requiring the 500kg rectangle to be rolled onto a ute and driven to the yards. The temperature is continuing to rise with 38 degrees today and a predicted 40 degrees later in the week, at the station dogs know how to keep cool. 

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