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TAS Country : April 21st 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011 Tasmanian Country 11 LONG DISTANCE: Just a portion of the 75,000 cattle at Helen Springs Station, Northern Territory, taken by Emma from a mustering helicopter. Outback Emma's wide brown buzz BLUE BOY: Emma as a nanny with two-year-old Lachlan Jahnson. maintain the cattle waters. The bore water is pumped into fenced turkey-nest dams. The bore runner estimates how much diesel the pump needs to keep the dam full. This ensures that the pumps are not running all the time. The water is then gravity fed into long narrow troughs that water herds of 800 to 1000 cattle at a time. Emma worked at Helen Springs as a relief gardener looking after and maintaining the huge garden area around the homestead. When the permanent gardener returned, Emma took on the role of camp cook, preparing meals for as many as 20 people at the mustering camp 1½ hour's drive from the homestead. Breakfast, at 4.30am, usually comprised eggs and bacon, pancakes, sausages, steak and gravy. Beef was eaten with every meal in a working day that might not end until 7pm. The cook's job included preparing packaged meals for workers in the vast paddocks. Next, Emma next took over as governess for Zac and Tess, working from 8am until 3.30pm in the station classroom, where 30 minutes each day (except Friday) was spent on the school of the air. After school there was always something to do, helping around the homestead or yards, or horseriding. Photos and farm maps show elaborate fencing of paddocks, labyrinthine cattle yards, and sophisticated infrastructure. Stock riders use motorbikes as well as horses. Each jackaroo and jillaroo is given a team of four horses hand-picked to match the rider's style and ability. These people are expected to feed, shoe and care for their horses and equipment. The horses are put out over the wet season then mustered before the next season starts. Helen Springs has its own mares and stallions, which are carefully selected. All the stock horses are broken and educated on the station. Courses are run for station staff on low-stress stock handling and first-aid among other skills of station life. Isolation means someone on the station needs to have advanced first- aid qualifications, as it is not uncommon for riders to be injured. The injured are assessed and, if necessary, the Royal Flying Doctor Service is called in. This can be a logistical nightmare if the accident happens a long way from the homestead. Helen Springs homestead is only 4km from the main highway to Darwin. It is a nine-hour drive to Darwin, 1½ hours to Tennant Creek and six hours to Alice Springs. Working with other young people, riding horses and motor bikes, going to rodeos, being taken to work in a helicopter or sight-seeing in a small plane, sounds like fun and excitement to me. However, when you mix in the incredibly hot dusty or wet environment, the long working hours, and being away from home and all the comforts we take for granted, it is a pretty brave move. Extinosad Pour-On is Australia's No. 1 lice control for sheep. Knockdown control of lice Kills resistant strains1 Can be used off-shears or long wool Nil wool WHP and minimal ESI Low volume, water based formulation For more information contact your reseller or Elanco. Dead fast. Dead easy. 1800 226 324 www.elanco.com.au 1BF9001 *Elanco , Extinosad and the diagonal colour bar are trademarks of Eli Lilly and Company. EAH2003 Feature
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