Town Run

It was an early start today leaving at 4:30 to get to town to pick up supplies for the station, fortunately were not too far from town compared to other stations, its only five hours each way. The wet season is well and truly on its way with the first rain in six months falling while I drove back from town, as I write the first dry storm of the season is thundering away outside. They are an awesome feat of nature with masses of thunder and lighting and not a drop of rain, while these storms are incredible to watch but they pose a serious threat of fire. 

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Cleaning 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. 

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Cattle Dip and Cattle Lick

We’ve been busy dipping all the cattle we’ll trucking tomorrow, the cattle dip removes any ticks that may be living on the cattle so we can truck them below the tick line into the tick free area. With the cattle feeder running out of lick we’ve had to refill it, taking the 1 ton bags of lick down to the feeder on the ute and shovel them into the feeder. There is still smoke haze around from nearby fires making for some great sunsets.

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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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One of Those Days

Its been one of those days were nothing seems to right, the truck was meant to leave this morning carrying a ute to the mechanics but it made it less then one kilometer before it broke down itself. The loader wouldn’t start so we couldn’t put out the cattle lick and I went out to replace a float valve on a trough only to have to the wrong the size float. Fortunately the potty calves have settled in and are feeding well, we’ve also had a lot of whirly winds picking up the ash from the fires creating these black pillars towering a hundred feet above the ground.

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Potties and Panels

As the muster continues we’ve gotten our first potty calves for the round, these calves have unfortunately been separated from there mums so we look after them at the station until they are big enough to look after themselves. We have also set up a panel yard as an attachment to the main yard so we can house some extra cattle until we find a paddock for them.

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A Busy Week

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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