Managers/ Owners: John & Queenie Kilpatrick and Kylie Savidge.
Region: South West Queensland, Maranoa Warrego, Roma Regional Shire.
Nearest town for shopping, doctors etc: St George, 110 km.
Nearest roadhouse: St George
Number of cattle: 700 breeding head in a normal season, currently only 500 breeding cows.
Number of staff: 3 permanent and the kids when home on holidays plus the occasional backpacker.
Size of station: 11,000 hectares
How often and how the mail is delivered: Mondays and Thursdays, weekly.
How often and how the stores shopping is done: Fortnightly, by phone order and collection.
How far off the bitumen you are: 60 km
Hello, my name is Kylie Savidge and I live in SW Qld on our family property.
Southampton is a small, family run beef cattle property 110 ks NW of St George in SW Qld. We have 11,000 hectares of open red box country interspersed with sand ridges and rough mulga country. Southampton has been in my family since it was drawn at ballot in 1923.
We run a beef cattle herd comprising of Santa/Hereford cows and either Santa or Hereford bulls. Our carrying capacity is around the 600 breeder mark. We aim to turn off feeder steers for the feedlot market and also weaner cattle for the domestic market. We sell off our cull heifers to feedlots or through the Roma saleyards, and we breed our own replacement heifers.
When I came home from school I introduced Black Angus bulls to some of our herd as well as some commercial Brahman breeders to throw in some hybrid vigour. Over the years we have introduced Shorthorn and Droughmaster bulls with the resulting calves being a good, solid line of weaners and replacement heifers have been kept to further invigorate our bloodline. We still rotate Santa Gertrudis and Hereford bulls through our breeders to maintain our original cross of predominantly Santa Hereford cows. We will be also introducing some Black Angus bulls for a terminal line of calves. (This means that none of the resulting calves will be kept as replacements, but sold as weaners straight into the saleyards to generate income)
I am splitting my time between school and Southampton, living part time in St George, Mon-Fri with school holidays and weekends spent out bush. My parents, John & Queenie along with my partner TJ are living there full time. TJ also works away contract mustering when the work is available.
Jack is in his second last year of boarding school. Ben has just entered his first year of boarding school and Meghan has 18 months left of primary school. This means I have 18 months left of Mon – Fri in town with school (yay). My weekend travel is a 220km round trip and I am quite looking forward to not having to do that anymore. I keep busy when I am in town with bookwork and planning for the work and mustering that is required to keep us up and running throughout the year.
The past few years have been very tough but our current season is starting to look up and into the positive, hopefully we are coming out of the drought that has had us with our backs to the wall. We are starting to add to our current stock numbers and hope to get back to full running capacity in the not to distant future.
Host: Southampton Written by Kylie Savidge – Owner, Southampton Station. Greetings to you from the Southampton crew, I hope this last year has treated you all well and you are happy and living the life you love. So much has happened since I last wrote and I will attempt to fill you in on some […]
Host: Southhampton Written by Kylie Savidge – Owner, Southampton Station. We are very lucky in our country to have the Royal Flying Doctor Service and luckier still to be able to call on them in times of need. One such time occurred in September 2014 when we were mustering in drought cows and calves, these […]
Host: Southhampton Written by Kylie Savidge – Owner, Southampton Station. Lastly I would like to talk about depression and my journey with it, not because I like talking about this but because I feel that if I talk about it and just one person reading this gets help then I think it is worthwhile to […]
Host: Southhampton Written by Kylie Savidge – Owner, Southampton Station. The last two years have been very tough years on us with little rainfall, no grass growth, battling bushfires, and battling to keep the livestock fed. This year has been a little easier on us as the rain has fallen a bit more consistently this […]
Host: Southhampton Written by Kylie Savidge – Owner, Southampton Station. And now to the two legged variety. Oliver joined our crew in September 2014, a young English gamekeeper who had come to Australia for adventures abundant and adventures he has had!! Olly was given my phone number by a friend of a friend of a […]