Starving cattle to graze in Queensland National Parks

May 16th, 2013

Predictably, conservationists are jumping up and down about the prospect of certain (starving) cattle being allowed to graze in some of Queensland’s National Parks. Quite a few of the parks being considered would already have (feral) cattle in them, and all would have been cattle stations at one time.  They were made National Parks due […]

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Vestey cattle properties resumed by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez

November 3rd, 2011

The British company ‘Vestey Group’  was founded in 1897 by brothers William and Edmund Vestey.  Around the early 1900’s the Vestey family company had begun purchasing agricultural land in South American countries and Australia, and over the decades the company developed vertical integration – cattle stations, meatworks (eg at Wyndham [WA], Bullocky Point in Darwin [NT] and Lakes Creek […]

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Have a gallop in Cobb & Co Coach at Longreach, Queensland

June 1st, 2010

Cobb & Co. was the Australian equivalent of Wells Fargo, the horsedrawn stagecoach company made famous worldwide many decades later, via a myriad of American western films. Australia’s most famous coach business was created in Victoria in 1853 by Freeman Cobb and three other Americans who had migrated to Australia. Cobb & Co commenced services […]

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Preserving Australian Rural Heritage & the ICOMOS conference

March 16th, 2010

Australian – International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is the peak body for Australian professionals who work in heritage conservation. This year the annual conference theme is ‘Outback & Beyond – The Future of Historic Towns, Industrial Heritage & Pastoralism’. The upcoming conference will be in Broken Hill (far western NSW), 22-25 April 2010. […]

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Bronco Branding Competitions in the outback

February 24th, 2010

If you are travelling through the outback this year and would like to see Australia’s unique sport – bronco branding – then visit the Bronco Branding Australia website for some dates of upcoming bronco branding competitions. At present there is a Queensland and South Australian Bronco Branding Association. Most bronco branding competitions are held in […]

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Australian Bronco Branding (Broncoing)

February 6th, 2010

Due to increasing labour costs, the Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Scheme (BTEC), and introduction of weaning on properties that formerly didn’t wean, many more sets of drafting yards were built during the 1970s and early 1980s. Eventually cattle almost everywhere were branded in calf cradles rather than being broncoed (bronco branded) – pulled up to […]

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