MEET the Betts family from Epsilon Station, located 100km NNE of Cameron’s Corner, QLD.
Epsilon is a family owned and operated organic station which predominately runs Hereford cattle, as well as a small minority of Black Angus. The farming lifestyle is well-grounded within the Betts family, with Graham’s father purchasing the property more than 63 years ago.
Currently, three generations of the Betts family reside on Epsilon Station, including Graham and Sharon, Clayton and Monique, and children Frankie, Rose and Bohannon. Sharon is certainly no stranger to the station lifestyle, having been raised on the nearby Bollards Lagoon Station, which has also been in her family for approximately 63 years!
“The lifestyle would be a major factor for our love of the industry; it’s a hard place that keeps you honest and keeps life in perspective. It’s great for bringing up kids as they learn some of the basic life lessons from an early age, which is a rare thing these days – so it seems.”
The Betts family is proud to be producing fresh, organic product. Graham states that, “The move to becoming organic is also an important factor us in relation to being involved in the industry. It’s allowed us to produce a clean, green and healthy product for consumers”. Graham admits that although rewarding, there are challenges to living life on the land, including “maintaining stock waters, fences and general maintenance”.
Of course, there are also plenty of advantages! Some of the Betts family’s favourite aspects of living the station lifestyle include yabbying, mustering, family BBQ’s, and getting their hands dirty with family and friends whilst working around the station.