15 episodes

The Cattle Station Classroom podcast is where we learn about different aspects of the northern Australian beef industry and answer your questions.

If there's a topic you'd like to learn about, or a question you want answered, email admin@centralstation.net.au

This podcast is brought you by Central Station and hosted by Steph Coombes.

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The Cattle Station Classroom podcast is where we learn about different aspects of the northern Australian beef industry and answer your questions.

If there's a topic you'd like to learn about, or a question you want answered, email admin@centralstation.net.au

This podcast is brought you by Central Station and hosted by Steph Coombes.

    Bovine brokers (What do Livestock agents actually do?)

    Bovine brokers (What do Livestock agents actually do?)

    Welcome to the Cattle Station Classroom
    In today’s lesson we are going to be learning about livestock agents. Most of us kind of know the basics of what a livestock agent does – buy and sell livestock – that bit is pretty obvious, but there’s a fair bit more to it and that’s why I wanted to do this episode.
    To do this, I’ll be joined by Andrew Stewart, the Principal Livestock Agent for Northern Rural Supplies, in Broome, Western Australia. Andrew has 30 years as a livestock and realestate agent, 20 working in the Kimberley region.
    This podcast is brought to you by Central Station. Find over 1200 stories from Outback Cattle Stations at www.centralstation.net.au.
    If you enjoyed this podcast, you're sure to love our other series "Central Station - Stories from Outback Australian Cattle Stations"

    • 19 min
    Copy that! (2 way radio communication)

    Copy that! (2 way radio communication)

    Welcome to the Cattle Station Classroom
    In today’s lesson, we’re going to be learning about radio communication.
    A two-way radio is a fairly standard piece of equipment in the beef industry, and for the most part we simply dial in to a channel, press a button, and connect with someone at the other end. If fact, most people only ever use a small fraction of a two way radio’s function.
    There are many different functions available depending on the type of unit, and then there’s things like UHF, VHF, repeater towers, all the buttons and dials, and so much more.
    Today I’m going to be speaking with Tony Crooke from GME. Since 1959 GME has been an Australian owned family company and remains the only Australian manufacturer of UHF CB radios, with their products designed, engineered, and manufactured in Sydney’s North West.
    GME’s products cover a range of recreational activities from fishing to 4WDing and touring, in addition to catering for heavy vehicles and agriculture. Their Land category encompasses a range of products, the main being UHF CB radios (both Fixed Mount and Hand Held), Antennas, Personal Locator Beacons and accessories.
    This podcast is brought to you by Central Station. Find over 1200 stories from Outback Cattle Stations at www.centralstation.net.au.
    If you enjoyed this podcast, you're sure to love our other series "Central Station - Stories from Outback Australian Cattle Stations"

    • 20 min
    S.O.S PLZ (Personal Locator Beacons)

    S.O.S PLZ (Personal Locator Beacons)

    Welcome to the Cattle Station Classroom
    In today’s lesson, we’re going to be learning about Personal Locator Beacons.
    It’s something we all hope we’ll never have to use, but unfortunately I do know a few people who have had to use theirs. But, what actually is the difference between a Personal Locator Beacon, and an EPIRB, and even those Spot trackers that some people have? Which one should you have and how do they actually work?
    Today I’m going to be speaking with Tony Crooke from GME. Since 1959 GME has been an Australian owned family company and remains the only Australian manufacturer of UHF CB radios, with their products designed, engineered, and manufactured in Sydney’s North West.
    GME’s products cover a range of recreational activities from fishing to 4WDing and touring, in addition to catering for heavy vehicles and agriculture. Their Land category encompasses a range of products, the main being UHF CB radios (both Fixed Mount and Hand Held), Antennas, Personal Locator Beacons and accessories.
    This podcast is brought to you by Central Station. Find over 1200 stories from Outback Cattle Stations at www.centralstation.net.au.
    If you enjoyed this podcast, you're sure to love our other series "Central Station - Stories from Outback Australian Cattle Stations"

    • 18 min
    Avoiding daddy issues (The Bullcheck Examination)

    Avoiding daddy issues (The Bullcheck Examination)

    Welcome to the Cattle Station Classroom Podcast. In today’s lesson we are going to be learning about The Bullcheck Test.
    To do this I’m going to be joined by Dr Tracy Sullivan. Dr Tracy Sullivan has extensive experience as a large and small animal veterinarian, researcher and a decade's experience working as an accredited bull semen morphologist. She is an active member of the Australian Cattle Vets (ACV), promoter of BULLCHECK and is focused on producer education and the importance of semen analysis as a tool for male fertility evaluation. 
    This podcast is brought to you by Central Station. Find over 1200 stories from Outback Cattle Stations at www.centralstation.net.au.
    If you enjoyed this podcast, you're sure to love our other series "Central Station - Stories from Outback Australian Cattle Stations"

    • 13 min
    Reports aren't just for school (The Australian Beef Report)

    Reports aren't just for school (The Australian Beef Report)

    Welcome to the cattle station classroom podcast. In todays lesson we are going to learn about the Australian Beef Report. 
    The Australian Beef Report shows you the financial and production performance of family owned beef businesses in Australia. It has been written for profit focussed producers, industry service professionals and other industry stakeholders who would like to better understand, and improve, beef business performance in Australia at the production level.
    You might be thinking "Oh no, this is wayyyy about my pay grade!", BUT there is something for everyone in this report!
    There are three important components of the Australian Beef Report: 2020 Vision:
    It is an industry reference point with detailed current information on the financial and production performance of the Australian beef industry, The Pastoral Panel chapter presents the advice of 27 wise heads in the industry, providing insights into how they think and how they approach decision making, business and life. There is a dedicated chapter on the effective utilisation and preservation of the natural resource base, providing insights into how to best manage it for profit and sustainability. In this episode we are joined by Ian McLean.
    Ian established Bush AgriBusiness in 2009, combining his enthusiasm for agriculture and business. Ian holds a Master of Business Administration and is accredited as a Chartered Agriculturist by the Ag Institute of Australia.
    This podcast is brought to you by Central Station. Find over 1200 stories from Outback Cattle Stations at www.centralstation.net.au.
    If you enjoyed this podcast, you're sure to love our other series "Central Station - Stories from Outback Australian Cattle Stations"

    • 16 min
    Mind your own business! (The Business Edge)

    Mind your own business! (The Business Edge)

    Welcome to the cattle station classroom podcast. In todays lesson we are going to learn about the Business Edge course. 
    During the two days of The Business EDGE you will acquire the knowledge and skills to…
    Determine if all the family needs and aspirations can be funded by the business Prepare and understand key financial information on your business Assess and manage agricultural business risk Understand and manage enterprise performance, including understanding what the key profit drivers are, how to influence them and what effect they have on overall business performance. And much more … In this episode we are joined by Ian McLean.
    Ian established Bush AgriBusiness in 2009, combining his enthusiasm for agriculture and business. Ian holds a Master of Business Administration and is accredited as a Chartered Agriculturist by the Ag Institute of Australia.
    This podcast is brought to you by Central Station. Find over 1200 stories from Outback Cattle Stations at www.centralstation.net.au.
    If you enjoyed this podcast, you're sure to love our other series "Central Station - Stories from Outback Australian Cattle Stations"

    • 15 min

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This podcast is the answer to a question we were all asking - but didn’t realise! Speaking of asking questions, what a great solution for newbies, or even old hands, to get answers to the things they might be too shy to ask. An excellent way for station staff to upskill and learn.

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