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. So as our week on Central Station draws to a close, our crew has just completed educating and branding 2000 weaners here at West Elsey Station. It feels like a massive accomplishment for both the dogs and the crew. We are very pleased with […]
Host: Farrcombe Contracting Written by Raine Pugh – Owner, Farrcombe Contracting. Often you come across lots of different characters who sign up to work for you. Last year we employed a guy who was a plumber from Melbourne with no previous outback experience. ‘Plumber’ as we named him was a real quick learner and within […]
Host: Farrcombe Contracting Written by Raine Pugh – Owner, Farrcombe Contracting. We have a team of 14 dogs which we use for work. The dogs travel everywhere with us, making it difficult when wanting a couple of days off in town. Interstate or international holidays are impossible as none of our friends are that keen […]
Host: Farrcombe Contracting Written by Raine Pugh – Owner, Farrcombe Contracting. Of course with any job there are days where things just don’t go according to plan. However, not every job promises the possibility of rolling into your swag at 8.30pm, but due to things not going according to plan you are now still walking […]
Host: Farrcombe Contracting Written by Raine Pugh – Owner, Farrcombe Contracting. As one can imagine, living in a temporary camp for the majority of the year can often be a challenge in itself. We have no Internet, phone service, television, and for several hours of the day no power. Our staff members simply live in […]