Host: Raine Farrcombe
Location: Northern Territory
Farrcombe Contracting – ‘You Send Em’, We’ll Bend Em’’.
My husband (Potter) and I (Raine) and our crew specialise in contract mustering throughout the top end. We travel as far south as the SA border, north to Katherine and as far west as Kunnunurra. As you can imagine, this means our job never becomes boring.
Our crew ranges from 4-9 people depending on the jobs available. We specialise in mustering and weaner education. Our plant consists of a gooseneck , truck, camp van, 2 trailers, 4WD vehicles, bullcatcher, motorbikes, horses and 14 dogs!
As we come across many different people and various breeds of cattle, we must be very adaptable to what suits the job at hand. Cattle need to be read differently, as do certain people (owners/managers, staff). This adds a certain degree of difficulty but if it wasn’t challenging then it wouldn’t be worth doing. The appeal is travelling and meeting all these new people, seeing new places and learning new skills.
We believe that social skills are just as important, so when time permits we like to spend our time with people who share the same interests. Our social lives mainly consist of campdrafts and rodeos as both Potter and myself are avid campdraft enthusiasts. Many of our crew members often like to try their luck at the rodeo’s.
Our gypsy lifestyle may not be ideal to some, but its suits us just fine.
We are glad to be a part of Central Station this week and hope that you enjoy our story.
Host: Farrcombe Contracting Written by Raine Pugh – Owner, Farrcombe Contracting. During our time off we are not always tempted by the draws of campdrafting. We are fortunate in that my parents (Bluey and Janelle Pugh) own some land a couple hours west of Katherine. They have owned and operated Coolibah Crocodile Farm for the […]
Host: Farrcombe Contracting Written by Raine Pugh – Owner, Farrcombe Contracting. It is very common now for most stations to use bikes in preference to horses, they say bikes are quicker, less maintenance, cheaper to run etc etc. We prefer to use a combination of horses and bikes. We run four bikes: A quad, 2 […]
Host: Farrcombe Contracting Written by Raine Pugh – Owner, Farrcombe Contracting. Campdrafting is a great outlet for us, it’s a way to socialise, be competitive on a sporting level, and be involved in community events. Campdrafting is a popular sport up here. Owners, managers, ringers, and townies alike get together to have a yarn, a […]
Host: Farrcombe Contracting Written by Raine Pugh – Owner, Farrcombe Contracting. Life in the outback is filled with furry friends, they bring us joy, laughter, happiness, and sometimes heartbreak. At the start of this season some of the boys from our crew and I travelled down to Newcastle Waters Station to collect our plant horses […]
Host: Farrcombe Contracting Written by Raine Pugh – Owner, Farrcombe Contracting. 2014 is done and dusted, however this does not mean that we get to wind down over the wet season. Although our staff have rolled their swags and headed home, Potter and I begin to plan and organise the next 12 months. This means […]