The majority of the water used at Ruby Downs and Providence stations comes from bores—this can present some challenges, such as the breakdown of pumps.
“We have begun installing solar pumps in some paddocks which have been beneficial both for the business and the environment,” Sarah-Jane says.
“One tip for maintaining a good watering point would be to make sure there is a high flow into troughs from tanks and regular cleaning of troughs.”
The McBean’s also have a rainwater tank to supply water to their house.
“Clean water is essential to our family,” Sarah-Jane says.
“We keep our rainwater tank clean and have a filter installed. We’re mindful of how much water we use in the dry season to avoid running out, as you never can tell when the first big rain of the wet is going to come.”
The Top End’s last wet season brought a just above average rainfall.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT LIFE ON A CATTLE STATION?
The McBeans love being cattle producers, and enjoy the hard work and reward that comes with owning a business. While Sam’s knock-off drink of choice is a Great Northern, Sarah-Jane considers herself more of a Sav Blanc girl.
“There is always something different going on around the station,” she says.
“Although we can be busy most of the time, you can’t beat the tranquility that the end of the day brings, and those amazing sunsets.”