Travelling directly from Melbourne to the Central West region of NSW. We had accepted a temporary role working on a cattle station 35km from the town of Forbes.
Forbes being a elegant town, with lovely parks and gardens. It’s mostly known for its rural economy based around cattle sale yards.
We had accepted a job position on a 14,000 hectare cattle station in the area of Jemalong.
With over 7000 cattle we were in for a new experience.
Our main roles during this time were General farm hands. Helping with the weaning of 2500 calves, drafting, vaccinations and feeding.
Aswell as mustering and getting the opportunity to pregnancy test the cows.
Working from when the sun came up until the sun went down. With nothing around us. Working was our best option.
It was a male dominant environment, so often being a woman. They didnt expect me to be capable of tasks. However I always got my hands dirty and was willing to try.
From fixing the cattle yards, to using front loaders and motorbikes.
It was a full on and physical job definitely kept us active. With our little home in the middle of a paddock surrounded by livestock. It was the perfect place.
We took the opportunity to explore the area when we had some free time.
Orange being the next bigger city 150km away. It also is rich in history. And known for its cool climate wines.
We spent several months working on the station before heading onto the city of Canberra.