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Cattle station rebuilds after crippling drought
Updated Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:20pm AEST
almost shutting down during the drought, the world's biggest cattle station is
back in full production.
years ago Anna Creek Station, which stretches over 24,000 square kilometres
between Coober Pedy and Lake Eyre in South Australia's far north, was down to
just a few hundred animals after destocking.
after three years of better-than-average rains, the famous pastoral property has
rebuilt its herd to almost 17,000 head of mainly Santa Gertrudis and Brahman
just good to see cattle back on the place," said head stockman Gordon
Warren, who has spent more than half his life working on the remote station.
once bare sand dunes that drifted freely are now secured by scrub, that may not
look particularly lush but is nutritious.
grows here is beautiful cattle feed," Mr Warren said.
come here and have a look and say what the hell are these cattle eating, but
we've trucked some good cattle out of this place."
the last financial year more than 5,000 calves were branded at Anna Creek and
around 4,000 animals sent to slaughter.
good to put steers up the race and have a look at their weights," station
manager Norm Sims said.
turn them off young, you know you're making really good money on them."
Creek is part of the S Kidman and Co pastoral empire, a family-owned company
which has a dozen stations.
revival of the largest one has come at a good time.
has also been used to add value to cattle from the company's northern stations,
that had nowhere to go after live exports to Indonesia were temporarily stopped
put weight on them, we've been getting a calf or two out of them and then
sending them on," Mr Sims said.
they didn't have this place and other places in the channel country, they'd be
feeling it pretty hard."
he is relishing the revival of the desert country, Mr Sims is also realistic
about the chances the good run will continue.
haven't had a rain for the last four months since the end of February," he
if we don't get a rain, like a summer rain, it could be back dry again within
the next six months."
NORTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE INC
RESULTS ROUND 14 AUGUST 11th 2012
Districts 12 goals 5 behinds 77 points defeated Olympic Dam 8 goals 6 points 54
players for Roxby 1st D. Pegler, 2nd S. Kangars, 3rd
J. Mandemaker, 4th E. Zeptner,
Goal scorers E. Zeptner 4 goals , J. Mandemaker 3 goals , J. Pyke 2 goals, J. Watson
Kenyon B. Baldey 1 goal each
Best players forOlympic Dam 1st C. Linn, 2nd N. Howard, 3rd A. Homer, 4th D. Moyse,
Goal scorers S. Montgomerie D Summerton 2 goals each T Hornhardt C. Menzies,
Green L. Copeland 1 goal each
Hornridge 16 goals 19 behinds 115 points defeated Andamooka 4 goals 4 behinds 28 points
Best players for Hornridge 1st T Grosser 2nd B Grimston 3rd S Finey 4th B Kelly 5th B Cooper
Goal scorers B. Kelly 5 goals J. Harmon 3 goals W. Giles T. Grosser 2 goals A. McVilly
SChwartz N. Thomas B. Grimston 1
Best players for Andamooka 1st W. Monfries, 2nd K. Adams, 3rd K. Zeptner, 4th B. Harris,
scorers:T. Mulder T. Paull C. Rainsford K. Zeptner 1 goal each
DOWNS JUNIOR FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
FOR 10TH AND 11TH AUG 2012
12 goals 11 behinds 83 points defeated Giants no points
players for Bulldogs 1st L Cox 2nd S Grilly 3rd
B Chamberlain 4th J Gotch 5th F Arbon
scorers L Elliot 3 goals B Chamberlain K Kendall 2 goals L Johnson A McKenzie T
Glover L Cox S Grilly 1 goal each
players for Giants 1st M Sexton 2nd B Honer 3rd
J Dalgleish 4th M Steer 5th H Paull
6 goals 5 behinds 41 points defeated Hawks 2 goals 12 points
players for Suns 1st L Geraghty 2nd E Trethowen 3rd
B French 4th M Lowe 5th R Holder
scorers R Holder 2 goals J VanKruyssen L Geraghty Owen B French 1 goal each
players for the Hawks 1st S Nhamuusa 2nd B Caden 3rd
E McKee 4th T Lecon
scorers B Daddow B Caden 1 goal each
9 goals 9 behinds 63 points defeated Hawks 2 goals 9 behinds 21 points
players for Suns 1st T Whitlock 2nd L Weston 3rd
J Brind 4th J Priest 5th E Viljoen
scorers M Hayball 5 goals J Brind B French 2 goals each
players for Hawks1st S Caputo 2nd M Hanson 3rd C Trussler
4th J Secker 5th A Ryan
scorers A Ryan S Caputo 1 goal each
7 goals 8 behinds 50 points defeated Bulldogs 6 goals 6 behinds 42 points
players for Giants 1st B Evans 2nd B French 3rd
J Rigden 4th J McCarthy
J Emmerson Sellars
scorers J Rigden J McCarthy 2 goals B Evans J Emmerson Sellars B Forrest B
French 1 goal each
players for Bulldogs 1st R Weetra 2nd L Holder 3rd
L Rawlins 4th E Zeptner
scorers L Elliot 2 goals L Rawlins E Zeptner D DÁrigo K Stevens 1 goal each.