Farm owners settled in
IT’S been about six months since Kumbia farmers Rick and Alice Greenup took full control of Eidsvold Station in the North Burnett.
The couple had been managing the station for the past decade, but are now fully running the property after the previous owners moved out in November.
“We have just come through one of the worst droughts we’ve seen up there,” Mrs Greenup said.
“It was a pressure-cooker situation for the staff.
“The staff have early weaned all the calves up there and they’ve done a great job looking after the cows and the calves.”
Mrs Greenup said because of the recent rain, they could now change their priorities.
“Our focus has been getting through drought and the feed, that was our main focus,” she said.
“We can now take a breath and take a look at the maintenance and restoration of the property.”
While most of the station flooded when the Burnett River peaked in 2013, the station was spared any major damage from flooding caused by ex-tropical cyclone Debbie.
“We’ve got a bit of work to do as we lost one dam,” Mrs Greenup said.
“But generally it was a positive thing as our water supplies were absolutely critical.
“We are in the process of fixing the dam.”
Mrs Greenup said it was a similar situation at their South Burnett property.
“We hadn’t had run-off, we think, since about 2011 or 2012,” she said.
“Cyclone Oswald was the last run-off, so we’re very grateful for the rainfall we have had.
“People have a good amount of crops planted now and people are starting to be able to put money back in the land.”
Mrs Greenup said they were about to embark on a restoration of the main house at Eidsvold Station.
“It’s a 130-year-old house and it needs restoring from the ground up,” she said.
“A restored house doesn’t run cattle, so we’ll do a bit a year as finances allow.
“The step this year is quite a big step and then we’ll make it so a manager can live in there, or staff.
“We have cattle yards and that to build and we’re very concious that cattle yard and fences and water are more important, but we will preserve the house.”
The main house at Eidsvold Station has accommodated Prince Charles, twice.
The station is planning a 60-year jubilee sale in September.
A RUNNING START: Eidsvold Station owners Rick and Alice Greenup managed the property for a decade before taking up the reins in November.