Books, Babes, and Busy Times

Host: Yougawalla Pastoral Co.
Written by Jane Sale – Manager, Yougawalla Pastoral Co.

1.1 Jane Haydn Gus and Tilly at home -Yougawalla Station copyJane, Haydn, Gus, and Tilly at home – Yougawalla Station.

Well we are well into a new year. I am definitely feeling once again that it has all flown passed too quickly. The last year has seen Yougawalla Pastoral Company take on another sublease on the southern area of Lamboo station in agreement with Lamboo Aboriginal Pastoral Company.

This lease works the same as all our other agreements with our Indigenous neighbours; it sees us developing their pastoral leases with water and fencing, offsetting this against our cattle agistment, using their local community members to help us muster, and using our helicopters and inventory to help them muster.

1.2 Lamboo Station manager Robin Yeeda and Haydn Sale, of Yougawalla Station at Lamboo Station in March 2015. Photo Krisma May, DAFWA copyLamboo Station manager Robin Yeeda and Haydn Sale, of Yougawalla Station, at Lamboo Station in March 2015. Photo Krisma May, DAFWA.

This has taken our cattle management area to 3.4 million acres and approx. 42,000 head. We have a large majority of returned staff and some bright energetic new comers. We are training a new helicopter pilot, Angus, who has returned to the fold after a year away and you will hear from him during the week. We also have some very young new additions with our managers at Margaret River Station, Rex and Jess, welcoming Jim into the family in November last year, and baby Hughie arrived late January as the son of Lachy and Grace here at Yougawalla Station. We are all loving the growing families. My daughter Tilly is loving being babysitter to Hughie as are all of us at the house, there is nothing like having a baby around, especially one as well behaved as him.

1.3 Anzac the famous Yougawalla calf copyANZAC the famous Yougawalla calf.

You may recognise this fella in the photo above. “ANZAC” became quite famous around Australia Day this year – he even featured in the UK Times and the Irish Gazette because of his unique markings. He is hanging with his Mum at a dam 5km from the Yougawalla homestead. We have had some late rain so we are not quite hitting the breeder muster here at Yougawalla yet, but when we do ANZAC will be brought up to the house to become a pet (not as a rug as some readers suggested). We have even had offers for him to become the mascot of a political party!

On a tragic note we are all very saddened by the loss of our 2014 and 2015 cattle truck driver, Kadin Wallace, who we lost in a car accident in February this year. We plan to hold a memorial for him at Margaret River Station. Kadin was an extremely hard worker who took pride in looking after his truck and he was really resourceful when it came to getting through a mechanical problem when carting cattle, as their well being was his main concern. He knew how to play just as hard as he worked when he had time off, getting himself into minor troubles as the local larrikin at the rodeos. He missed out on a few bull rides for not blowing .00, but when he applied himself had a go at most events – bull riding, station buck jump, and steer wrestling. He loved the life out here and as he said to me one night  “I love my work and get to work with some of my best mates! I’m so lucky”. We’ll miss you mate.

1.4 bigger copyKadin with our Tilly in his beloved truck.

1 copyCentral Station Book Cover.

Finally and most excitingly – the Central Station book has launched! Our paperback book is officially on the shelves in all good book stores! Stephanie Coombes (the Central Station website manager) and I had a request from ABC Books about this time last year to make a book from this blog. We contacted the hosts and there was a resounding approval from all, so the last eight months have been a very interesting learning curve of publishing legalities, manuscript compilation and editing, not to mention a hell of a lot of emails to chase up approval documents and high resolution images. I know Steph and I are very happy to have the “book work” all wrapped up. We really hope that the finished product demonstrates the quality of effort that has gone into it and pays tribute to the wonderful hosts of this website that represent our beef Industry so well.

So get online and grab one, and for those that don’t live remotely like me, go into an ABC Books supplier near you and muster up a few, they would make a great gift! I know what all my family and friends will be getting for Christmas this year, and if the first half of the year is anything to go by it’s coming around quick!