Over the last three days we’ve been finishing off more of the odd jobs that have been left over from earlier in the year, one of them is pulling up the bridge we half built down at Yarralin. We started building it so trucks would be able cross to get our second set of yards but half through we decided the river had changed to much from last year and the bridge would be too unsafe to use. Yesterday we received a truck load of bulls to build up herd numbers, so I’ve spent today running them out the paddocks there meant to be in, a simple job that has been made challenging by recent storms that have dropped trees on roads and left large bog holes which even bogged the truck bringing the bulls to the station. The river pump is still playing up, it has been sucking in the intake line to the point were it can no longer suck water up into the pump cutting off the water to the dams.
We can’t live with out it and neither can the cattle which can make keeping the water up to them a never ending mission. The new turkey nest is still not at level were it can supply the troughs so i’m still manually carting water to them 1000 liters at time, although this sounds like a lot of water it disappears quickly when your watering a few hundred head of cattle. One of our main pumps has also been having some problems continually shutting down with out explanation, it turns out the intake pipe has been sucking in and closing up causing the pump to stall, with this fixed its now supplying the dam with water again and not a moment too soon as it has already dropped in level. Their are storms all around Humbert tonight so hopefully one of them will drift onto us bringing much needed rain.
As the weather delayed the completion of the final turkey nest the cattle were starting to run low on water so I’ve spent the day running water to troughs, 1000 liters at a time. Its a slow process with the tank taking half a hour to fill each time from the bore, the cattle clean up the water quickly so its a constant and never ending process. Fortunately the nest has been finished and there’ll be water in the troughs again by tomorrow afternoon. Yesterday we picked up our tractor and post ram from our yards on the outside of town only to find that they had been vandalized, wiring was cut, battery was missing, fuel bowl was broken and the fuel was drained, unfortunately these problems can occur when leaving things close to town for an extented period of time.
Its been a busy two days on Humbert with an early start yesterday heading into town to pick up supplies and parts so the station will be stocked up over the wet. And with the wet season quickly approaching we’re hurrying to clean up all the little jobs that we have left, so this morning it was all go moving cattle lick to sheds at the old outstation and cleaning up the remains of the old quarters that were burnt last week. Just to make things interesting this afternoon the loader that was cleaning out the turkey nest getting bogged axle deep, but the grader was soon on site and the loader was pulled out. Who knows what the next few days will bring.
Its been a long day putting out cattle lick around the station, we received forty eight tonnes of wet season lick three days ago and have been spending the last two days putting it out. It is essential to keeping the cattle healthy but a long process but it not with without its draw backs it is a long process and the blocks have as habit of falling off the truck and with a weight of 100kg a block they are impossible to pick back up. In other news the rain held off and the truck made it through by lunch today and one turkey nest has been completed and the other one has been started on.
The skies have opened up over Humbert bringing down the rain and bringing the wet season to us, although we only got a small shower at the homestead the rain was huge a little further down the road. Turning the roads into rivers and causing the creeks to flow, all this water made it extremely slippery to drive about. All of this caused me to slip into the dam while trying to rescue a cow getting me axle deep bogged, after trying to drive out myself I eventually had to call the homestead to be pulled out and rescued. Tomorrows bore run should be interesting.
Its been a very hot and humid week on Humbert not the sort of weather you want to paving in, but its a job that’s got to be done so it will. Unfortunately we haven’t had any more rain even though the clouds continue to hover overhead, on my last bore run I was seeing huge flocks of black cockatoos everywhere I went. Black cockatoos are supposed to be a sign of rain to come, hopefully its true as the station could do with some greening up.
Before starting second round we were pulling down an old set of yards and outstation that had been condemned, unfortunately there was more waste than the tip could handle so I’ve been spending the last two days digging a new and bigger tip. Who ever said go hard or go home must of never operated a loader as I found out when I managed to bend the two front arms . Two tons of lick had to be put out at feeder to supplement there regular feed, the cattle are plowing through it leaving us struggling to keep up.
The fires have been extinguished thanks to some hasty repairs to the grader, but not with out leaving a trail of destruction in its wake including large pasture losses and damaged fences. Second round is continuing with the contractors ripping another paddock, between these events day to day station jobs must still be done with cattle lick being put out today and a very eventful bore run yesterday.
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