Location: Kimberley Region, WA
Nerrima Station covers approximately 203,000 hectares and runs about 14,000 head, which are predominately Brangus (red Brahman-Angus cross). Nerrima’s southern border is the Great Sandy Desert, Kalyeeda Station to the east, Myroodah Station to the North and west. Owned by Perth based Milne AgriGroup Pty Ltd for approximately 22 years now, Nerrima and Liveringa Stations are both part of one of Western Australia’s largest integrated agribusiness group that also consists of major business operations. These include being WA’s biggest Poultry producers, as well as significant Turkey, Pork and Stock Feed producers, Milne feeds.
Accessing Nerrima is straight forward during the dry, just a couple of hours from Derby, once the Wet kicks in and the Fitzroy river flows in massive volumes an alternative route via the Gee Gully must be taken. A number of eventful trips are made over the wet, from dodging cattle everywhere, blowing out tires, getting bogged, no different to any other stations that time of year who have rivers or creeks to pass, one is more than happy to experience a big, wet but then also a relief to see the river drop in April/ May usually.
Mick, Sal and their children have been at Nerrima for three years now, during the mustering season there are also six members of the stock camp, a bore man, grader driver and a cook. Over the wet some staff stay on to run bores and undergo general maintenance and improvements around the station.
Mick and Sal will start the week by introducing themselves followed by our staff. You will hear all about our reasonably hectic social calendar that is squeezed amongst our work schedule, our dedicated emphasis on coach mustering, horsemanship, Low Stress Stock handling and animal welfare. There have been some major upgrades to Nerrima over the past few years, including new yards, stables, fence lines, number of bores, dams and staff accommodation and amenities, all of which you will hear about during the week.
With limited time as we are now into the second round of mustering, it has been a combined effort writing these blogs between Mick, Sally and Kay (our English stationhand). We hope you enjoy reading about Nerrima Station and the people who call this place home!