Host: Yeeda Pastoral Company
Managers/ Owners: Jack & Vicki Burton
Region: West Kimberley – Kilto Station, Yeeda Station, Mt Jowlaenga Station
East Kimberley – Springvale Station, Texas Downs, Alice Downs & Mabel Downs
Geraldton and Goldfields – Spring Park and Karragully Farms, Jeedamya, Melita & Kookynie Stations
Our Export Yards & Irrigation operation
Broome – Kilto Station
Gingin – Bluebush Meat Company – small stock
Colourstone, Derby – Kimberley Meat Company (under construction)- cattle
Our Australian Rangeland Meat Shops
Broome – Paspaley Plaza
Perth – Coming soon to Innaloo Shopping Centre!
Nearest town for shopping, doctors etc: Kilto – Broome, Yeeda – Derby and Springvale – Halls Creek
Nearest roadhouse: Willare, the best Roadhouse!
Number of cattle: approx 85,000
Number of staff: 40
Size of station: Total area of 7 properties in Kimberley approx 1.2 m hectares
How often and how the mail is delivered: All properties collect from their closest town when they pick up fresh stores.
How often and how the stores shopping is done: Bulk dry store order at beginning of year from Perth and weekly/fortnightly order from closest town.
How far off the bitumen you are: We are fortunate to have the highway run through the middle of all our properties, furtherest off the bitumen is Springvale homestead approx 20km.
Yeeda Pastoral Company is made up of our properties in the Kimberley plus properties down south of WA in Geraldton and the Goldfields. Our Kimberley properties are home to our beef cattle and the properties down south are home to our sheep and goats.
Twenty years ago this year Jack and I purchased Kilto Station which was the beginning of where Yeeda Pastoral Company is today. In the early days we grazed some cattle but our main income was from growing sweet potatoes which we did for approximately seven years until we got to the stage where we could make a living off our cattle. Then with partners in hand we purchased Yeeda Station in 2001 and gradually expanded over the next few years purchasing Mt Jowlaenga, the Springvale Group of properties in the East Kimberley and the Melita group of properties in the Goldfields.
Today Jack, I and the kids live at Kilto Station which is 65km East of Broome.
Jack grew up on the land with his family, farming in Morawa and sheep stations in the Murchison area of WA. He is insanely passionate about the land and the agricultural industry across Australia.
I had always been somewhat a bush girl, growing up with horses and visits to friends properties.
I was living a nice clean life as a dental nurse when I met Jack and headed bush to the station life for good!
Our daughter Minna boards in Perth at school and our son William is at school in Broome and will be off to boarding school in 2015. These days we spend a lot of our time off the stations, I travel to Broome every day for school and the office. Jack divides his time between the stations, mustering, and office work (which he just loves).
Jack & Vicki
Minna & Radish
Will & Snowflake the pet cow
It has always been our passion to complete the paddock to plate story by being able to retail our own ‘clean green, Kimberley free range beef’. The live export ban only made us more determined than ever to turn our live cattle into meat for Australia and export to other countries.
Yeeda Station cattle
Last year in November we finally opened our first shop in Broome! We have had fantastic support and feedback from locals and people from all over Australia. Thank you!
We are in a massive expansion stage with in the business, we are constructing an abattoir in the Kimberley and in the process of opening two more retail meat stores in the south of WA.
The plan for the week is to take you on the journey from Paddock to Plate that we are so proud of. We will start with a muster of Yeeda Station through the eyes of Minna who is at home on school holidays, and we will try to get around to see what is happening at the other properties and catch up with the abattoir progress ….We all know that plans change though so we will see what happens!
The Yeeda team has now grown very large and we are spread far and wide, we will be introducing as many people as possible as we take you through the next week with us and share with you what’s going on each day.
Some of the Yeeda crew (dragon boat racers!)
You can also keep up to date on our activities via our Facebook page:
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Written by Cynthia – Caretaker/Domestic, Springvale Station. Hi my name is Cynthia and together with my husband Peter we have been privileged to have spent the past three months living and working at Springvale Station. Peter and Cynthia. We had been traveling around Australia for nine months and were on our journey […]
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Written by Luke McEwan – Station Hand, Yeeda Pastoral. Hi my name is Luke McEwan and I am another Kiwi that has jumped the ditch. Not permanently might I add and still strongly backing anybody from New Zealand that takes on an Australian. The reason I find myself in the lion’s den […]
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Written by Emilly Struckel – Girl Friday, Yeeda Station. Hi all, Emilly Struckel from Yeeda Station here. We are a family of five who moved from Queensland to Western Australia to be part of the Yeeda team last year. We started off based at Colourstone where Rowan (hubby) was a rouseabout from […]
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Written by Minna Burton – Owner, Yeeda Pastoral. G’day my name is Minna Burton and I’m from Yeeda Pastoral. My parents Jack and Vicki Burton are the owners of Yeeda and brought me and my brother William up on the land and taught us to love it as much as they do. […]
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Written by Vicki Burton – Owner, Yeeda Pastoral. Hi Everyone. Yeeda is back for 2015, my update is coming to you from Kilto Station and in the following days you will read some great blogs from the Yeeda team around the traps. Well the year has been ‘full on’ as always, we […]
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Written by Keith – Cook, Yeeda Pastoral Company. Keith, the Kilto Station Cook. What a challenging work experience, you step in as a station cook at Kilto Station which is part of the large Yeeda Pastoral Co’s group of cattle stations spread out from Broome in the North West Kimberley to Springvale […]
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Written by Kim – Station Hand, Yeeda Pastoral Company. My name is Kim and I am 21 and from Germany. I started working out at Springvale last year in March. I got the job from Gumtree and had never worked on a station before. It is so different for a backpacker to […]
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Written by Emma – Station Hand, Yeeda Pastoral Company. Born and bred in the Snowy Mountain Region of New South Wales, I have always been partial to mountains. Living and working in the Canadian Rockies, growing up in the foothills of the Snowy’s and riding on horseback through some of the most […]
Host: Springvale Station (Yeeda Pastoral Co.) Written by Aelwynn – Cook, Yeeda Pastoral Company. Back home in Canada if you ask people whether they know what mustering is, most people will raise their eyebrows and not know how to answer. I was the same about a year and a half ago, before I was hired at […]
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Written by Kim – Marketing/Development, Yeeda Pastoral Company. Well it’s been a crazy eight months since Yeeda hosted our first week on Central Station and I can’t believe how quickly that time has passed! My name is Kim and I work in the Yeeda office in Broome. We are really excited to […]
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Co. Written by – Vicki Burton, Owner, Yeeda Pastoral Co. The Yeeda office is based in Broome and it is from this busy little hub that we run the books of the separate companies that make up the Yeeda group. The office team is made up of Vicki, Viv, Kim, Georgia, and […]
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Co. Written by – Vicki Burton, Owner, Yeeda Pastoral Co. In November last year we opened our first Yeeda Australian Rangeland Meat shop in Broome. It has had fantastic support from locals since day one and we are really happy with how it has taken off. A day in the shop begins […]
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Co. Written by – Vicki Burton, Owner, Yeeda Pastoral Co. Yeeda Pastoral Company purchased Springvale Aggregation from E G Greens (Harvey Beef) in 2003. Springvale was once owned by the legendary stockman Tom Quilty, from 1948 to 1978, Tom and his wife Olive built the homestead as it is today. These days […]
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Co. Written by – Vicki Burton, Owner, Yeeda Pastoral Co. Kilto is a hive of activity; it is the Yeeda Pastoral hub. On Kilto we have our export accredited yard, we grow hay under centre pivot irrigators, it is our truck depot, and our main workshop is run from here. Irrigation Today […]
Host: Yeeda Pastoral Co. Written by – Vicki Burton, Owner, Yeeda Pastoral Co. Yeeda Station has great history, it was the first pastoral lease settled in the Kimberley in 1881. Yeeda is approx. 1 million acres and has the mighty Fitzroy River running through it, so has great flood plain country. The homestead is 50km […]