Host: Yeeda Pastoral
Written by Vicki Burton – Owner, Yeeda Pastoral.
Hi Everyone. Yeeda is back for 2015, my update is coming to you from Kilto Station and in the following days you will read some great blogs from the Yeeda team around the traps.
Well the year has been ‘full on’ as always, we live, eat, sleep, and breathe our life, as all people of the land do. There never seems to be a dull moment.
Now the Yeeda office chicks are still hard at it, (they haven’t stopped since this time last year!!) working harder than ever to get those miracles achieved. As we say, we can achieve the impossible overnight, but miracles might just take a couple of days! (we might not get dirty, and I know it is hard for some of you to understand but you can still be working hard!)
We have said goodbye to Kim and welcomed Sam, Raquel, and Christin into the Yeeda office.
Kim and her partner Dave have taken on the challenge of managing Willare Roadhouse for us (which sits right in the middle of Yeeda Station) so it was sad to say goodbye from the office but not goodbye completely! We still get to catch up for a chat and a coldie but just not as often!
Our office team is a very committed team, and works wonders to keep the massive load of admin work under control. We do have to keep the Yeeda team spirit strong with the occasional night out for a beer and game of pool which is always good when the boys come to town or a visit to the station to sit around the fire with the crew.
The mustering season is going really well this year and the market has kicked off as a ball tearer!
Our crews on the stations are flat out from dawn to dark. We have a lot of the old Yeeda crew back this year and also new faces from as far away as France and Belgium. Having the time of their lives! I’m sure.
The choppers are working, the yards are full, the trucks are rolling, and everyone is giving their all. Thanks to a great wet season, the country is holding up well and the cattle are in good condition.
It is nice to feel positive about our industry as it has been tough to keep the balls in the air for the last few years.
Our meat retail shops and wholesale are as busy as ever, still pumping out that pure, grass-fed beef from our backyard.
People are very conscious of where their food comes from these days and it is a good feeling to be selling a product that is so honest and good for you.
Jess is now our friendly face in the Broome shop along with Marie on Saturdays. Race is our butcher on site, happily slicing and dicing and helping out our customers. And Pam and Fred are keeping that warehouse in total control!
Last year we had a fantastic couple of days with Matt Moran when we featured on his series ‘Paddock to Plate’. Matt cooked up our Kimberley Rib on his outdoor kitchen and we all had a great feed of Kimberley beef at the Yeeda Homestead.
The abattoir is still a work in progress. We were hoping to be up and running last year but due to hold ups in many forms we are still in the building phase. Work is still progressing so watch our Facebook page for updates. This abattoir will give us and all properties in the Kimberley and Pilbara another market for our cattle, which is definitely needed for the future of our industry.
Now I will hand over to our capable team for some insight into their lives and how great it is to be living on the land.