A day in the life: The people we’ve met and places we’ve been – Part 1

Host: NKL Contracting
Written by Kayde Jayne Lehman – Owner, NKL Contracting.

Jake Lowe took the opportunity to jump on his breaker ‘Kanye’ while letting out some quiet weaners on Flora Valley Station in W.A.

George Hurst and his right hand woman Fiona Plunkett unloading horses ready to go on Delamere Station in N.T. George was running a contracting camp for Jodie and Brett Wild the same year that we were.

Brett Wild and his dogs watching the mob of breeders on Legune Station, N.T while the rest of the crew had lunch.

Contractor Josh Wuersching counting cattle out the gate on Bellevue Station, North Queensland.

Clint Archer from C.A Helicopters getting a mob together on Noreena Downs in the Pilbara.

Contractors discussing the draft at Snow’s yard on Legune Station N.T.

Contractor and husband Nat Lehman yarding a few thousand Brahmans at into Tabletop yards on Tipperary Station, N.T.

Mustering in the Pilbara often leads to a lot of flat tyres. Some of our workers Claire Rodgers and Hamish Hockings into a bit of maintenance on Minilya Station, W.A.

Nat rolling up hessian wings after yarding up some scrubbers into a set of panel yards while his helpful wife takes photos. Noreena Downs, Pilbara.

The dingo fence on Naryilco Station was a large part of the boundary fence which was regularly checked. The dingo fence was built in the 1880’s to keep the feral dogs spreading back south where they had been largely exterminated.

Contractor Nat Lehman warming up his breaker getting ready to walk some cattle on a cold and windy morning on Flora Valley Station in W.A.

One of the Wild Contracting crews walking a mob of cattle on Delamere Station in N.T. Both bikes and horses were used on Delamere to cover ground and hold up.

Our contracting crew branding a few calves on Manilya Station. Branding calves is an important technique used to identify the owner of cattle.

Cloncurry Sale yards is the second largest cattle-handling facility in Queensland and was always a pit stop for us getting horses sprayed on our way from Dalby back North.

This hotplate goes to work everyday with the crew so no matter where you are or what you are doing . . . rib bones and steak sandwiches are never far away.

Nose-bagging up to 40 horses at a time can be a real trick and quite frankly life threatening. These horses where getting a few scoops of workhorse mix every afternoon to keep them in tip top condition for mustering. Delamere Station N.T.

There are two things our three year old boy Harley is well known for: optional clothing and pinching food. Some of our crew on a quick lunch break after yarding up on Noreena Downs Station in the Pilbara.

Cox Contracting in control of a mob of red Brahmans on Vanrook Station just before yarding up. Dylan Cox was one out of the two contract mustering teams on Vanrook.

A quick cup of billy tea while we waited for the chopper and bikes to bring in the cattle that were too far our to get on horses. Vanrook Station, near Normanton QLD.