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Braeside Muster 4-10 October 2015

I put the following photos on my Ann Britton Photography Facebook page and received a wonderful response so thought I would put the photos and words into a blog, along with some responses.
BRA_4262 our first mob

I’m posting these Braeside mustering photos from 5 October, with a few things to remember
1. Yes our girls are poor, but they are strong
2. The weaners are in great order, reason for this, their Mums give everything to their calves, which we are thankful for
3. These weaners are sold, they are being trucked Saturday 10th, one great advantage of internet ?#?AuctionPlus? (bush businesses use internet to be viable ?#?BIRRR? ?#?datadrought?)
4. Our cows when weaners are gone, will be feed dry mix supplement they have been needled for botulism and will be back lined for internal and external parasites
This is the “Tojo, Kimberly, Ann, Toyota mob,”  looking into the sun in the afternoon, just before they were put on water 5 October afternoon to be left alone to mother up and camp for night & rest in paddock next day.
BRA_4154 muster Brasside walking cattle
I did wonder about posting these photos
People in drought need understanding, not so much sympathy, we chose to live, play and make a business in marginal country. Dry patches are part of our management plan.
I had a wonderful day yesterday, (5th October) riding a quad, mustering and handling our cattle, taking photos and being around our crew working together, for what will be better for our stock.
Yes I like to look at the positive. I am lucky to live in an environment where looking at the bright side, happens often. Yes negative stuff happens but solving problems not dwelling on them helps all round, I feel.
There has been a very strong northerly the last four days, all day and very dusty. Making a haze on the horizon. Over drought country and poor cattle isn’t best view. Thank goodness it is a cool wind, not the usual hot northerlies we get.
But please take note of the points I made in first post from today please.
Footnote, I am talking about Boulia Shire, yes in drought like 80% of Queensland. Many in drought in other areas, are use to a wonderful regular very wet season, which they haven’t received for years now, my heart goes out to them.
Re northerly, my house internal veranda is covered in dust, plus other rooms, the cement down stairs is covered in dust, it is annoying me no end, but no use cleaning it up until northerly stops, smile and wave my friends 😀
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I’m sharing a couple of shares from Aussie Farms and Rohan John Williams

Aussie Farms shared your photo.
6 October at 18:08 · Edited ·
A wonderful series of photos on the Ann Britton Photography page at the moment. Pop over and have a look at some realistic images of the drought. The cattle are in great order considering the conditions, a testament to the care they have been receiving. Our heartfelt prayers and hopes for rain for all those needing it.

Rohan John Williams shared your photo.
6 October at 15:23 ·
Wise words that will help bring understanding where critical fingers are generally pointed. The people grazing the marginal areas know that country like no others. There is rarely a drought, flood, or fire that catches them mid-stride.

BRA_4191 ants on a hill cows BraesideAnts on a hill
That is what I thought it looked like
Fact all these cattle are looking for something to eat…..?#?survival?
BRA_4196 dinner camp Braeside muster
While some relax on dinner camp, other cattle forage for a feed, I’m on quad being a “ringer”
Keeping stock contained in an area so as they don’t wonder off while others of our crew, including a chopper, are mustering more into our mob.
?#?BossMan? and Claire were mustering the other end of this 130,000acre paddock, and putting them in a holding yard.
But what a view, regardless, the stock may not appreciate it but I do.
We only obtained Braeside a couple years ago, so fencing this massive paddock is on the books in the near future.
BRA_4230 cow and weaner Braeside muster

Cow and weaner

Posting this to show how good the weaners are.
Dry cows are in good condition
Wet cows are giving “all’ to their calves, which as I said we are very happy with, our breeding is good.
I have seen cows let their calves starve while they are in good nick, yes it happens in animals too, mothers that aren’t good at their job.
Pleased to say these weren’t our cows.
I may rave about “our girls” which I affectionately call buy diclofenac gel online them. But I have huge respect for them and so proud of them. Many years of work, in their breeding.
Dry cow: no calf at foot
Wet cow; with calf
BRA_4184 licking cow Braeside muster


BRA_4240 licking cow Braeside muster

This cow and weaner made me smile.
I rode around this mob for two hours, and this cow made sure her weaner was well and truly “licked” clean.
First photo was taken at 11am, 2nd at 12.45pm. Yes they were both camped up at some stage but the licking happened often.
BRA_4232 dinner camp Braeside muster

Some calves just like to curl up beside mum and have a good old sleep.
This was my last post for the day on Faceboook
BRA_4202 Braeside muster
Can you see the chopper in the sky?
He is helping Tojo and Kimberly gather cattle from a watering point under where he is flying now.
BRA_4246 Braeside muster
When Tojo and Kimberly reached our rested mob, who had walked from a holding paddock they were mustered into the day before, with the cattle they gathered from near by, we walked the cattle on.
The Toyota has a “cage” on the back to hold any small calves that needed a ride. The Toyota also has water containers, a car fridge with lunches (spoilt!) jerry can with fuel for bikes. There was one very young calf in the back of the Toyota, curled up having a sleep, when this photo was taken.
BRA_4224 Braeside B&W
Sometimes you “see” a photo that would look great in monochrome (Black and white)
I LOVE the history of our land.
If only these posts could talk….tell us the stories of the men and women that used them….put them there…and the stock they held.
Can you imagine the sounds, smells, style of clothing, horses, stockmen, Aboriginal and white, time meant nothing in the middle of no where…..for a moment I drift away and send thanks to those that pioneered this country, did it real tough which I have a huge appreciation and respect for.
BRA_4253 Braesida muster
As we walked the cattle on, there is time to reflect, to feel blessed. Here I was in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nearly everything I loved and doing what I love most. Breathing in fresh air, having a plan for our girls, having hope for rain, feeling grateful for life and the health of my family and myself. Your mind is sort of set free, away from the confines of the house and all I have to think about re the business side of life.
#BossMan never seems to have this breather, as much as he loves mustering and hopefully he can sit and reflect at some stage, but his mind is always active so things run smoothly.
I was also hoping #BossMan, Claire and our chopper pilot were doing well mustering their lot of cattle.
Today I had no radio communication, but I was never out of sight of someone that did, so couldn’t hear radio talk. Kimberly told me “just heard something about the chopper & whirly wind”  We found out later that a whirly wind surprised the chopper and he nearly went down. There were and had been and still are some massive whirly winds. So grateful the chopper was safe. Yes that extra little prayer had been sent up for this muster and our chopper pilot.
BRA_4256 Braeside muster
As we walked our mob passed a turkey nest/watering point, Tojo rode off to gather the cattle around it, together and walked them into our mob. You can see the turkey nest (earth dam) to the right of the photo and the cattle gathering in the distance.
BRA_4260 Braeside muster
Tojo and Kimberly have been with us for nearly two years now. Kimberly did know about cattle, worked on a cattle stud, but didn’t know how to ride a bike but willing to learn. Tojo knew how to ride a bike and not that much about cattle, but again willing to learn. To see them both work together and confidently around our stock, makes me proud, of them, of our stock and of #teamGoodwood

#BossMan & I went back to Goodwood this night, the next morning #BossMan went back to Braeside with truck and trailer full of hay. Claire, Tojo and Kimberley walked the mob of cattle #BossMan, Claire and chopper had mustered into a holding paddock, to join the mob we mustered the day before. I spent the morning at home and mid afternoon set off to Braeside again to help yard up, the two mobs separately. I spent the night at Braeside and helped draft the next day….to be continued.




  1. Rohan Williams 

    Love your work Ann.

  2. annbritton 

    I am truly humbled that you do Rohan, thank you.

  3. Anne@GritandGiggles 

    What amazing lanscape. Your cattle are looking really good considering. What good mummies you have. I never went out mustering when on a station as I was in the schoolroom but needling in the yards I definitely did, along with other jobs, because that is when all hands were on deck. As to your b&w photo, I find it interesting and wonder what that bit of fencing was there for. Thanks for sharing your amazing bit of Aus, even if it is very dry it still looks breathtaking in its own way.

  4. annbritton 

    It truly is amazing landscape Anne and yes we do have wonderful cows, but I could be bias.
    I would say the “fencing” was an old bronco yard Anne. Like a big holding yard with a “ramp” for bronco branding.
    Thanks for appreciating our amazing bit of Australia and I agree it is breathtaking.

  5. Greg Phelan 

    Truly magnificent pics and story Ann, that is one big paddock, makes our biggest 50 Acres look like a chook pen. You made my eyes dribble again!! better go check my tea!!

  6. annbritton 

    I’m truly blessed that you are moved by my photos and words Greg
    Yes it is a big paddock even by our standards.
    Hope your dinner was enjoyable

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