MOOLOOLOO STATION (MLO) A successful season at Moolooloo is all but complete, with all cattle being processed with just a few repairs and maintenance jobs to finish off before a much deserved wet season break for our crew.
Temperatures and humidity have been rising with a few lucky storms about which helped cool the crew and cattle down while they were working in the yards.
Red Rust contracting have been on station and have done a great job updating the yards at shoeing tool. They have also put in a number of new tanks and troughs around the station. The Moolooloo crew helped lay poly, clear fence lines, make gates and levelled tank pads. They have also been busy doing lots of fence repairs as well as maintenance around the station to prepare for the much anticipated wet season. Second round dog baiting was also completed in early September.
The stock camp thoroughly enjoyed, and learnt a lot from a pregnancy testing school held on station at the end of second round which was facilitated by Curly of Australian Cattle Services. A few of the crew have also been busy finishing off their Charles Darwin University agriculture certificates. Lawson and Lachlan also attended a very educational and practical mechanical course held at Pigeon Hole station.
With the early storms bringing much needed rain, unfortunately they have also started a few fires around the station. The crew have done a great job to fight these fires as well as neighbouring properties to prevent fires spreading.
We are all looking forward to plenty more storms over the wet season. The crew will have a much deserved break during the wet season after a Christmas party in late in November. ... See MoreSee Less
FLORA VALLEY STATION (FLV) Itâ€™s been a busy couple of months at Flora Valley since our last update in August, and we are now fast approaching the end of our 2021 season. Over the past few months our crew have worked tirelessly to complete maintenance and start our second round of mustering for the year. With rising temperatures, the recent rainfall has brought a lovely cool breeze through the station as well as putting a green tint over everything.
During maintenance our team, with the help of Jason Russ Contracting, installed 11 new water troughs, one new water tank and 14km of new fence lines, while also completing various other maintenance tasks around the yards and homestead. They also managed to cut and distribute 6,000 baits over the three leases.
At the end of September Will and his team kicked off second round, starting at Nicholson, where they processed the breeders and pulled off 2,482 weaners that were then tailed and brought back to the R&D yards at Flora Valley. While at Nicholson we had Charles Darwin University sign off four of the ringers on cert 2 or 3 in Rural Operation. From Nicholson our crew went straight to #13 Camp where they processed all the cattle while also fighting 5 fires over 10 nights with help from our wonderful neighbours. On the way back from camp the crew unloaded and processed 85 new herd bulls ready to be put out with the joiner heifers.
Having recently moved camp back to Flora Valley the crew enjoyed a couple of rainy days off to refresh and are now ready to finish second round over the coming weeks before they tidy things up and head to Darwin for our breakup party, from where a few of the crew will head home for the wet season break.
Also big thanks to our grader driver this year, he has spent around 1000 hours in the machine. In this time he spent 2 months out at camp and has graded around 2,800 kms of bore roads and fence lines and also trenching 24kms for the new poly lines. Whilst also cutting fire breaks through out the year to assist in back burning operations. He has been a good asset to the team. He’s finishing his year off cutting in fire breaks around a few small paddocks before our break up party in a week.