Here at Leconfield handling Cattle is great fun and can provide a lot of laughs, so make sure you have your camera ready. We've got calves whole year round so the students always have the chance for hands on experience.
Leconfield runs black Angus cattle with some exceptions like our Jersey milker cows. It is necessary to brand, castrate, mark and tag young calves. You can learn the traditional bush methods of "throwing a calf" and also lassoing. Nowadays we use more often the calf cradle to make it a bit easier on ourselves.
There is definitely a trick to calf trowing, you have to avoid being thrown by the calf for a start!
What station would be complete without horses? Apart from mustering, we also teach you the basics of proper horsecare, like grooming, saddling and bridling with a bit of natural horsemanship and no matter what your skill level, we'll have a horse for you!
Where does milk come from? Definitely not the supermarket!
At Leconfield the cows aren't just for looking at, they are an integral part of the farm. Our cows supply us with our daily milk, the only problem is that someone has to get up nice and early to get it! Everyone has a chance to milk the cows, and the competition to gather the most milk is fierce.
No cattle or sheep property should be without the 'working dog'. Learn how Australian Bushmen utilize and control the natural herding and hunting instinct of these dogs. With training and clear instructions, these working dogs can work for their owners to herd stock with energy and speed that no person could equal.
We try to go on at least 4 musters with every school. One of these musters will be a sheep muster. Once the sheep have been rounded up and yarded back near the homestead, it is the students turn to try to catch them, learn how to draft and sometimes drench and shear them.
Fencing skills are vital for the maintenance of any property and you will be introduced to all the skills necessary to cut and prepare posts, position them in a dead straight line and most importantly, prevent them from all falling over! During a fencing day we can also build yards, or cattle grids or help with the debarking of trees. Pasture improvement and weed chipping are also important tasks on a farm.
The Jackaroo and Jillaroo School, mustering cattle.
Mustering cattle at the Jackaroo and Jillaroo School
Learning new skills at the Jackaroo and Jillaroo School, calf marking.
Jackaroo and Jillaroo students learn calf throwing.
Calf throwing success by the Jillaroo students.
Jillaroo learns hand milking
Learning to lasso at the Jackaroo and Jillaroo School.
Jillaroo gives lassoing a try.
Teaching the Jackaroo and Jillaroo students lassoing.
Jackaroo and Jillaroo students relax after work.
Teaching the Jakaroo and Jillaroo students debarking.
Drafting cattle with the Jackaroo and Jillaroo students.
Learning how to build fences.
Building fences at the Jackaroo and Jillaroo school.
Fun with calves at the Jackaroo and Jillaroo school.
Games with horses at the Jackaroo and Jillaroo school.
Fun with sheep at the Jackaroo and Jillaroo school.
Jackaroo and Jillaroo students learn to muster sheep.
Jackaroo and Jillaroo students work together mustering sheep.
A Jackaroo and Jillaroo skill, whip cracking.
Some working dogs at the Jackaroo and Jillaroo School.
Some working dogs at the Jackaroo and Jillaroo School
Training dogs at the Jackaroo and Jillaroo School
Jackaroo and Jillaroo students learn to build yards
A Jackaroo and Jillaroo games day