March 29, 2015
New Cattle Yards ……
In early December, work began on the new cattle yards up in the steer finishing country. After approximately 25 full working days, the yards were completed in mid February with Christmas New Year, rain delays , branding etc all being undertaken during that time. As luck would have it, all gear was back home and the site cleaned up only days before the big February rain fell. Thanks to Dan who helped along the way and to Janelle’s father Lindsay, who spent a number of days helping out ! All in all, the yards look great and are working well. A good job to have behind us….and with 3 double deck loading ramps now built by the boys…at “Stonehaven” , “Glenleigh” and now “The Windy Waters Yards”….. they are quite sure, they will not be attempting any more !!
Follow the progress below !
The first week saw posts stood and timber cut…….. while storms skirted in the background
Lindsay and Lance
The cockatoos are keen to watch what is going on !
There is always a job for the humble labourer !!
Things are really beginning to take shape.
We are lucky to have had reasonable rain at this stage which frees us up from molasses feeding – hence the brilliant growth in the paddock !
Lunch time ..and yes, this is one spot on the property where we have mobile phone coverage
More rainy days and it is a chance to work in the shed making gates
With the bulk of the timber yards under control, it is time to start on the cattle rail, crush and ramp areas
All hands are on deck as the crush is poured and screeded
Janelle, Prue and Max look on as the work progresses
Dan and Grant lend a hand with the concreting…… and yes, a wheelbarrow load of excess concrete IS pretty heavy and hard going over rough ground !!!
Keeping the wildlife amused……..a few new rails to sit on !
Prue and Max leave a handprint to mark the occasion
The ‘Masterplan ” for the double deck ramp(plus fly!)
The crush becomes a work area as the roof and ramps are built
As usual, the steers visit and take a look at the progress
Bron and Janelle paint all the welds as the job is nearing the end
A few more yards to complete, posts to cut and stand…
……and side fences to rebuild
….before the big clean-up
….and the trial run with a few bulls to truck back home !
and finally the steers to yard up and draft
So with steer prices looking more encouraging than last year, it was pretty exciting to load and send off the first B Double from these yards.
A nice cool cloudy morning to get them underway