Talking Water with Annabelle Coppin

Recently ex-tropical Cyclone Joyce brought much needed rain to cattle country in Northern WA including Yarrie Station.  The Coppin’s received 140mm of rain over a few days!

“When you get that decent rain you know that you’re going to start getting set up for the year, so the pressure is off a bit which is fantastic.” Annabelle said.

HOW IS WATER MANAGED ON THE STATION?

Water on Yarrie Station in the Pilbara is sourced from bores and wells, as well as from creeks and waterholes on the surface.

“Once it rains here, the cattle have endless surface water which spreads throughout the whole place for at least 3 months a year. As this slowly dries up, they make their way into the water points, so keeping water up to them is essential,” says Annabelle Coppin who owns/manages Yarrie Station.

“Because dirty water can half a cattle’s feed intake, the team at Yarrie make clean water and troughs a priority. This is easier said than done, given that the water run is about 250km!”

‘The bar’ at Yarrie! Clean water is essential for healthy stock.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU CHECK WATERS?

“We check waters at least every 5 days in the hot weather. We have about 60 watering points at the moment, but we’re always trying to increase this; our goal is to one day have a radius of no more than 3km from each watering point. On many waters we have a dual system design with a solar pump and a windmill at each point. This takes the pressure off and makes it far more durable.”

Natural waterfalls thunder down in the wet at Yarrie Station.

HOW IMPORTANT IS WATER AT YARRIE?

“Water is everything!” Annabelle says.

Water is life at Yarrie
Trucking at sunrise on Yarrie Station.
Walking to water in a good season on Yarrie.