Cel­e­bra­tion marks the end of muster

Pilbara News - - News - Re­becca Parish

The end of muster was marked with an­nual cel­e­bra­tions at the Iron Clad Ho­tel last week­end, with many sta­tion work­ers tak­ing the chance to let down their hair af­ter what was a busy and drier than nor­mal sea­son for pas­toral­ists.

Many of the ex­tra staff brought into the Pil­bara’s sta­tions had al­ready left for the year with the sea­son be­ing done and dusted ear­lier then nor­mal, but it didn’t stop those still in town from en­joy­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Lime­stone Sta­tion gen­eral man­ager Cam Brooks said he had a mar­vel­lous sea­son de­spite the be­low-av­er­age rain­fall.

He said nor­mally the av­er­age rain­fall around Mar­ble Bar was about 365mm, but this year there had only been about 240mm.

“It’s pretty dry around the traps,” Mr Brooks said.

“But it doesn’t mat­ter if it does rain or it doesn’t rain — there’s not much you can do about that. “You just keep charg­ing along.” Mr Brooks said his sta­tion had started mus­ter­ing cat­tle at the be­gin­ning of June and fin­ished at the end of July, cov­er­ing about 2 mil­lion acres of land round­ing up about 15,500 head of cat­tle.

He said while con­di­tion and size of the cat­tle was down a lit­tle bit, the price was “very good” so things had lev­elled out.

Over at Yar­rie Sta­tion, Annabelle Cop­pin said mus­ter­ing started in April and ran right through un­til Au­gust.

“We’re all fin­ished for now, (but) it was def­i­nitely a very chal­leng­ing year be­cause of the dry times,” she said.

“It just meant that we haven’t re­ally made the most of the beef boom at the mo­ment be­cause of the lack of rain ... luck­ily the mar­ket was strong but any of the ex­tra mar­gin has gone into the ex­tra costs be­cause of the dry sea­son.”

Mus­ter­ing at Yande­yarra be­gan in the mid­dle of May and fin­ished about two weeks ago.

Sta­tion man­ager Ian Hayes said while it was dry, you couldn’t ar­gue with Mother Na­ture.

He added he had got­ten a “fair few cat­tle” away and con­sid­er­ing the con­di­tions ev­ery­thing went pretty well.

Kate Fowler, Liza Riley and Brooke Pat­ter­son.

Pic­tures: Re­becca Parish

Tamsy Den­nett chose the party as the ideal lo­ca­tion to say good­bye to her long dreads all in the name of char­ity.

Tan­giora and Ranz Hi­naki.

Sarah Karslake and Ky­ron Duffy.

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