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TAS Country : April 21st 2011
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 22, 2011 COOL DOWN: Emma Sauer helps swim the horses at Kamilaroi. CHEWS theFAT David Byard TASMANIAN Emma Sauer, like many young Australians about to embark on a university course, decided to take a break first and follow her brother and some farming friends to the cattle stations of the Outback. Emma, 20, was taken on as a nanny looking after three small children at Kamilaroi, one of the Stanbroke group of properties, about two hours' drive north of Cloncurry in the Gulf country. The station runs 28,000 cattle and employs 13 people. Her days would start at 6am for breakfast before looking after the children until 5pm. If there was work in the nearby cattle yards, Emma would mount up and go and help. Station staff can work for three weeks straight then take four days off, usually to do things such as camp drafts and rodeos. There is also water skiing, horse riding, dances and exploring the surrounding country. The population of the station varies depending on the time of the year. There is a small number of permanent employees, and the others are seasonal workers. The mustering season goes from February until December, and then there's a break of two months through the wet season, when it is too wet to work the cattle. After a year at Kamilaroi, Emma went to Helens Springs, a famous Kidman property 130km north of Tennant Creek. This million-hectare station runs 75,000 cattle with 28 to 30 full-time employees. The cattle are a composite breed with a Brahman base. The breeding program is highly complex and over time has made sure that the cows are highly fertile and achieve the best weight gains possible. It is hard to grasp the scale of these stations. On Helen Springs, they employ a full-time truck driver, who drives the station road train, a mechanic and a grader driver. They have their own pilot and plane. A bore runner and a bore mechanic *For Terms & Conditions refer to www.onesteelcyclone.com.au Registered trademark of OneSteel Wire Pty Limited ABN 59 000 010 873. Ingall St, Mayfield NSW 2304. CYC0012/TC. To take advantage of this great offer, get your claim form at www.onesteelcyclone.com.au and return with your proof of purchase to: Cyclone Gate Promotion Offer, PO Box 586, Crows Nest, NSW 1585. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND. GATES CA$H BACK. Cyclone, the name you know for quality Australian gates, is offering you $10 cash back* on every gate you purchase from March 13th to April 30th 2011. That means if you buy 10 gates you get $100 cash back! Feature
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