Recruitment: some savvy advice for first-year jackaroos

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Ben Redon is the head rancher at Kamilaroi Station, one of seven Stanbroke Stations in Far North Queensland, comprising over 1.2 million hectares of prime pasture.

Each year, before the start of the new season, Ben sends his new charges a few words of wisdom that he has developed over the years from his experiences at the breeding stations. He owes much of this advice to lessons learned and knowledge gained from former managers and employees who worked for him. Here are his collected thoughts…

It’s that time of year when our young people leave home to work in stations, those from north to south and those from south to north…

Everything you do will dictate what jobs you get, how you grow within the company, and ultimately how much you enjoy your experience.

Always roll your booty tight and neat. A tight swag takes up less room on the cart, stack it with a flap so it doesn’t get filled with dirt.

Always sleep with your boots on and whip your loot so the dingoes don’t steal them at night.

Always have a clean sweater and socks in your swag in case of a sudden cold night.

Never cut in front of the pattern with a stock. Watch and learn.

Keep a small travel bag to store 2 pairs of jeans, 3 shirts, 3 pairs of socks, 3 jocks.

Wash socks and jocks every night, change jeans every 3-4 days, shirts 2-3 days.

Always have a clean shirt in case you need to visit a neighbor or go home for supplies, and don’t want to see a dirty, smelly ringer.

Maintain a clean and tidy appearance, deodorant and toothbrush. Use your cup to brush your teeth with… away from the campsite.

You can perform a full body wash with a cup of water, face, ears, neck, armpits, groin and feet.

Drink from all cups with your lower lip in the cup and not on the outside.

Maintain cleanliness in a camp. Always wash your hands – boils and diarrhea run through a camp fast.

At least one fruit a day is recommended to maintain intestinal transit. Bowel movements may not occur for the first 2-3 days as your body will use up everything.

If without a bowel movement paper…wash in water and dry with the back tail of the shirt. NOTE: Buy shirts with long tails.

Black tea won’t clog your system like coffee and milk, so learn how to drink black tea without sugar.

Cold tea will taste colder than plain water.

Teach your body to vacate once a day, morning or night, not all camp horses are good to ride during muster.

Talcum powder if you are prone to chafing.

Take off your hat when you are indoors.

Refrain from useless chatter, those who gossip with you will also gossip against you.

Be polite and considerate to those you hang out with.

Always be grateful to the cook and offer your help when you can, this will set you up well for any potential overages.

Never sit idle, grab a broom and sweep the shed, rake leaves, stack tires, anything to show initiative as this action will keep you on the books when a lot gets moved around.

Always check your horse for ailments, grease his mouth daily.

Rub them with your fingers each time the saddle is removed.

Always greet your horse in the morning and thank him in the evening.

Check your saddle pad and girth for burrs each time before installation.

Always recheck the circumference before mounting.

Roll with your legs forward and heels down. High heels, and your butt rubs and you won’t last a day.

You don’t know anything about horses until the head breeder tells you.

Show your horse that you are someone who matters and he will give everything.

Most companies insist that you provide a portable UHF radio. You will need a light harness. Should be lightweight and have a strap to prevent the radio from falling. Some harnesses keep falling off the shoulder, extremely annoying.

Don’t go with something that generates a lot of heat…it will be quite hot.

If you can, drink at the waterhole or dams before the cattle do…the first thing they do is raise their tails and drip off. After a few thousand cattle, the water becomes very “salty”.

Remember your parents, although they may say they’re happy you’re leaving home, they really yearn for you, so be kind and considerate of their situation.

Be happy in all situations, be generous with help, be open with praise, be diligent with work, be kind and considerate to livestock, be all you can for your horse for it is the horse that will make or break your business.

About Ben Reardon…

Ben Reardon, 21, grew up in the small farming town of Kyogle in northern New South Wales. The school system was not for Ben and he left at 15. Northern Australia seemed to have a better classroom…one outdoors.

His first opportunity was suggested by Jack Robinson, introducing him to Robin and Robbie White who ran a recruiting and contract fencing business, where he worked in 2016 at their 2nd camp for Matt and Alyce Clarke. Throughout this year, Ben carried out contract work on 10 breeding stations.

It was while doing contract recruiting at Stanbroke’s Glenore station that he approached Clint and Wendy Wockner for a full-time position the following year. Ben was successful and worked the 2017 season with Clint and Wendy. In 2018 Ben continued to work for Stanbroke under James and Brooke Telford.

In 2019, James and Brooke moved to Inkerman Station for The Gulf Coast Company, with Ben following them to Inkerman Station as Head Stockman. In 2020, Ben returned to Stanbroke, working for Brent and Kelsey Stevenson as Stock Manager for Kamilaroi Station.

In 2021, Brent became Managing Director of Stanbroke Properties. Ben continued as chief stockman for new managers Bernie and Katie Brown in the 2021 season.

Ben continues to lead the Kamilaroi team in 2022 as lead stockman under new managers Michael and Rachael Chaplain.

This article was originally published by the High end ringtones, click here to see the original article on the RFTTE website.

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