Waterloo Cattle Station, NT, Australia 22 August 2022 Drafting (sorting) near-wild Brahman cattle in the Revolver Yards of Waterloo Cattle Station. The cattle have been roaming freely through the vast roadless areas of the station before being here’d to the mustering yard where they can be sorted (“drafted”)by age. The youngest calfs, less than six months old are vaccinated, de-horned, earmarked, and branded (and the males are castrated and given a growth hormone implant to substitute some of the hormones lost by castration). The bigger calfs, knows as “weeners”, are separated from their mothers for shipment to another cattle station for further fattening and shipment during the wet season.
Waterloo Cattle Station currently covers the 189K hectares and was established here in the mid-1880s.
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