A insight into life on a 1,000,000 acre cattle property


I grew up in the wheat belt country town of Northam. We lived on the edge of town bordering farming country. The cocky behind us ran sheep and grew cereal crops, as a child i would sit out the back and watch him round up the sheep, i was fascinated with his ability to move 400 sheep thru a small gate with just him and his two dogs, how did he do that? it blew my mind, and i guess that is where it all began. I finished school at Catholic Agricultural collage Bindoon, they where some of the best years, good mates and good laughs, so many good experiances. After finishing school i was a little unsure what i wanted to do, did i want to go work on a horse stud, or did i want to work on a farm? My mate made that decision for me, ‘where going to work on a cattle station in the Pilbara, we leave in two weeks’ rite… I had absolutely no idea what to expect, leaving home to work 1700km away? is she crazy? i can’t do that! I had done abit of work with the nice quiet simmies at school but go work with wild bush cattle, wtf? so i had a look around the on the net and thought, well may as well give it ago, i can only learn new things. I am so glad that she made that decision for me, I’ve been working up north now for four years and i have loved every single day of it, well nearly every day, some days you just wanna crawl up under a tree in the foetal position, this usually happens after being bucked of a young horse in front of a mob of cattle that are 500 deep, or getting slammed into the rails by a cranky cracker, or after being in the saddle for 14 hours straight, but its all in the name of good fun and i wouldn’t have it any other way. I love working on cattle stations, every day you learn something new, no two days are EVER the same, every cow has a different personality and reacts differently to different pressures, and being able to work with a mob of cattle some times up to 2000 head is pretty good fun. The station I work at now is 140km from Marble Bar and 300km from port Hedland, it is about 1,000,000 acres, we run around 23,000 drought master cross cattle for the live export and southern domestic markets.


5 responses

  1. This sounds like a fascinating adventure, indeed 😉

    January 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm

  2. Congratulations on the start of your blog. I love the Pilbara, having worked there for a couple of years. What station are you on?

    February 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    • Hey Mandy i am currently working at warrawagine station on the Degrey river, where did u work?

      February 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  3. I worked all over the shop (I was an exploration geologist back then) but spent a lot of my time on Bonnie Downs north of Nullagine. Do you know who owns Bonnie now? Margaret Vermeer was the owner in the early 1990s.
    Keep up the great work – look forward to seeing photos and hearing stories of the Pilbara.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    • Ah awsum!!! Umm I’m not sure who has Bonnie atm… Thanks can’t wait to get bak up there and start the 2013 season, lots more exciting adventures to be had, and ill be telling y’all all about them

      February 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

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