Water for our stock.

A never ending job - maintaining the waters.


An endless job on any property is cleaning troughs. Zenonie, our other block has 7 windmills on it, pumping water from either wells or sub artesian bores. Some of the well water is yucky and the cattle won't drink it if the trough gets a bit dirty which they do with the cattle slobbering in them, dropping bones and dirt in, roos and pigs jumping in and things dying in them.

We have to be careful not to waste too much water during the cleaning process, if there is not much wind the cattle and roos can drink the tank dry and then we have to move them to another facility or put a pump jack on to do the job of the windmill. A pump jack is a diesel engine which makes the rods go up and down pumping the water up into the tank. The Pump Jack is time consuming to set up and needs constant monitoring. Water problems always happen in summer usually when the temperature is over 40. It's a bugger of a job moving a mob of unhappy cattle on a bike in the middle of the day.

Later this morning we are going out to move a mob who are hanging on a drying up waterhole on our boundary. We'll take them back to the trough where they have been drinking for the last 8 months. Cattle can be very contrary and we know all the spots where it is likely they will hang out and perish. They sort of get used to having the odd little waterhole for drinking and forget about the man made watering points when there has been a bit of rain. Sometimes they will just smell rain and walk towards it, get stopped by a fence and hang there and perish.

Cattle from one of our neighbours have also gotten themselves onto the bottom end of Zenonie, and are hanging on another drying up waterhole. If they are not moved they will die as they don't know where the troughs are. So we have contacted the neighbour and he will come and take his cattle back from whence they came.

We also have to constantly monitor our pipelines for splits, cracks and busted joiners. All it takes is one little split and water starts to escape and before you know it, either some pigs or cattle will come along and wreck the whole thing.

Pumpjack, Outback cattle station.