Host: Country Downs Station
Owners: Kurt & Nikki Elezovich
Region: Kimberley WA
Average rainfall: ~940mm pa
Nearest town for shopping, doctors etc: Broome
Nearest roadhouse: Roebuck Roadhouse
Number of staff: 0
How often and how the mail is delivered: Mail is picked up from Broome PO during town runs.
How often and how the stores shopping is done: Approx once a fortnight. Either by Woolies shopping online OR cruising the aisles!
How far off the bitumen you are: ~70km
My name is Nikki Elezovich and together with my husband, Kurt, we are the owner operators of our Kimberley cattle property, Country Downs Station. Country Downs is situated ~ 100km north of Broome on the (predominantly dirt) Cape Leveque Rd on the Dampier Peninsula in North-Western Australia. Our property is a family run station in which Kurt and I, with our two young boys (a 4yr old and a 1yr old), run the entire operation on our own. We produce mainly Brahman cross cattle for the live export markets, but do produce some cattle for the domestic market when and where possible. We also run some Boer goats, however, they are more pets than anything else!
My husband, Kurt, grew up on a station just south of Broome where he developed his innate love and passion for the land and the animals that exist in harmony with it. Whilst both of us have spent many years working and soaking up various experiences in other industries such as the Aquaculture, Pearling and the Mining Industries, Kurt finally managed to start living his dream in early 2003, when he purchased Country Downs Station.
I was born and raised in Broome, where I developed an appreciation and a love for the outback and all things intriguing and wonderful that goes with growing up in the country. As a child, my family spent many a weekend in the boat fishing or in the car (or even boat!) camping, but always heading out for fun and adventure. As I became a young adult and moved away from the country, into the city for a tertiary education in Marine Biology, I finally realised how much the country, and everything it has to offer, meant to me. So I focused on one day returning to the spacious, natural, quiet places that pulled at my heart and that day eventually happened when I followed love out to Country Downs in 2007!
Since then we have been steadily developing the property toward our end goal, which is to have the ability to do the work we love and to live the life we love, sustainably. The last 5 years have been a whirlwind of activity and emotion for us with our wedding, the birth of our two young boys, developing the property, dealing with the devastating effects to our family unit from the live export suspension in 2011 and dealing with the uncertainty of our future in the wake of the flow-on effects from that suspension. Despite some hard times, we are eagerly and optimistically looking forward to our intrepid and passionate journey towards developing an economically and environmentally sustainable agricultural business that we will be able to leave to our kids and generations to follow.
Host: Country Downs Station Written by Nikki Elizovech In the past, we have had visitors, workers and friends write a blog to give another point of view about our life and what we do. This year, William, our eldest son, was interested in knowing what ‘Central Station’ was and what it had to do with our […]
Host: Country Downs Station Written by Nikki Elizovech There are many aspects of our business that we have discussed over the years, however, one of the many that we haven’t as yet, is dingoes and the role they play in our industry and more importantly in our philosophy. Many agricultural properties all over Australia have had […]
Host: Country Downs Station Written by Nikki Elizovech The importance of genetic improvement is by no means a new area for many cattle breeders, or for any other livestock either, however, what is not well known by many is that the term “genetic improvement” can mean many things to people depending on their background. For example, […]
Host: Country Downs Station Written by Nikki Elizovech As I mentioned yesterday, 2016 was a pretty busy year for us with continuing development and maintenance on the station, but also the realisation that it was only a matter of time before we were going to have to go to that next level of having a couple […]
Host: Country Downs Station Written by Nikki Elizovech Once again another year has passed and, along with everyone else we know, I can never seem to get over or understand how quickly time flies by. 2016 brought us a wonderful sense of relief in our business and also on the station. We had no out-of-control bushfires, […]
Host: Country Downs Station I must admit that writing the blogs for this year has also proved to be a bit of a struggle. Mainly because as the years progress and the more everyone who is a part of Central Station describes, explains, and takes all of you on a journey into their lives and work […]
Host: Country Downs Station Yesterday you learnt about Brandon’s experience at Country Downs and what he liked, what he disliked, and about what he got out of his time with us. Today, I am introducing another fabulous traveller that happened upon us in late 2014 and helped us out. I would like you all to meet […]
Host: Country Downs Station Today I would like to introduce you to one of the many overseas travellers that we have had the pleasure of meeting and spending some time with. I would have loved for all of them to write an account on what they thought, learnt or even disliked about their time on […]
Host: Country Downs Station I have asked Kurt to write today’s blog to explain a little more about both the useful and the detrimental effects that fire has on our land system. Having had to deal with the devastating effects of out-of-season fires for two years in a row, has really made us take a […]
Host: Country Downs Station As we have stated in previous blogs, we are very much into what is generically called “Low Stress Stock-handling” or “Low Stress Stockmanship”. Whatever you want to call it, the biggest mistake people make is believing that it is actually low stress manipulation of the animals. As one of our mentors […]