Anna Ck Station closing..

Submitted: Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 11:49
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Heard on the radio over the weekend that Anna Ck Station (the largest cattle property in the world) is pulling the pin and closing down. Apparently the drought has eventually caught up and de-stocking and withdrawing starts this week.
Gone will be those wild Friday & Saturday nights at William Creek pub when the Jackaoos (& Jillaroos) from the outstations came ' into town' .

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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 12:33

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 12:33
ya kiddin???? Bugger...the biggest and probably one of the most famous ones too hey...good luck to them!
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Follow Up By: DIO - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 16:00

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 16:00
Apparently NOT closing, only de-stocking until drought lifts. Nothing all that unusual for that part of the country. They've been though it all before and survived.
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Reply By: Bagwon - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 12:37

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 12:37
Is it for ever or only untilit raines again.

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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 13:49

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 13:49
When I passed that way last September a local told me that they had already destocked down to about 20%. I think that The uranium mine at Roxby Downs (can't think of their name !) had purchased a VERY large chunk of land from Anna Creek for future mining.

The Painted Hills are on Anna Creek. It will be interesting to see what happens to that part of the station, hope it does not get opened up to much.

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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 14:43

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 14:43
I saw the manager interviewed on tv, I gather the destocking is
due to current pastoral conditions & normal operations will resume
when & if rain falls. This destocking usually occurs when stock have to travel too far between food & water & lose condition as a result. I lost condition between the carpark & the pub last year..
fortunately the rehydration program administered by a lovely young
lass of Nordic origins worked a treat & I was able to spend a comfortable night under the portals of Algebukina Bridge.....
aint life grand.....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 14:55

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 14:55
Oldbaz.
With or without the"lovely young lass of Nordic origins" LOL
Cheers.
Vince
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 15:06

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 15:06
Just an "enhancement" Vince. I thank the likes of Uncle &
Richard Novacs & others for their great trip reports that keep me going between trips. Just another reason I enjoy this site...oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 15:08

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 15:08
Sorry Richard....Kovacs, that should have been....oldbaz
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Reply By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 15:49

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 15:49
Most multi station property owners move stock around due to the season. Anna Creek is not closing down just relocating their stock to greener pastures.

Anna Creek is still going to be staffed as maintenance doesn't stop.

The only reason they made it on the news is because they are the biggest cattle station in the world.

A lot of larger farmers here in S.A have a property up north and another down the south east.
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Reply By: mike w (WA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 17:25

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 17:25
Hmmm, tried to post a link, but it contained the words 'L a n d l i n e', which apparently are not well liked.

Anyhoo, if you go to ABC and look for L-a-n-d-l-i-n-e you will find the excerpt from this weekends gone show on the situation, titled creekd dried up. I thought it a well thought out and justified reason for destocking, especially there recognition that by continuing to graze, they would only put more strain on the environment.
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Reply By: Kurd - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 17:50

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 17:50
I've just been in SMS contact with Kidman's Pastoral Manager who confirmed that they are moving stock off Anna. I know they do stock movements between their properties routinely to make the best of changing environments so this story had me wondering.

He also confirmed that there has been no sale of any part of the property so the yarn about the mining company buying a large chunk is nonsense.
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 19:26

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 19:26
could be wrong but I think they are down to about 1500 head. Trying to look after the land and the cattle instead of driving them both into the ground.
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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 12:16

Thursday, Jun 12, 2008 at 12:16
Sidney Kidman based his empires principle on moving stock off dry stations. It was so successfull he ended up owning portions of Australia that made him one of the largest single landholders in the world.

One day it'll rain and the cattle will come back.

In 04 one of the staff on the station in the WC pub told me that either that or the station next door's free hold had been bought by a mining company. From memory it was Western Mining Co. but I could be wrong.

Dave
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