Kate never really knows how to answer the question “what do you do for a living?”."There never seems to be a concise way of putting it. I grew up living on and being involved in the running of my parent’s cattle station, Gorrie. It’s something I’ve always loved and has become so second nature that it rarely feels like it’s my job… more my lifestyle."
Kate thinks that officially she could call herself a station hand, or maybe a ringer? She has copped the title ‘Farmer’s Daughter’ a few times too, but only ever in friendly banter.
During her childhood, Kate and her sister grew to love the wide open spaces, busy lifestyle and adopted a deep passion for the land and animals. After completing her schooling at boarding school in South Australia, prior to which she was schooled through School of the Air, Kate returned home on what was initially a ‘gap year’. But, that was 3 years ago…
Kate spent her gap year working for her Mum and Dad and for the neighbours, the Lesters, on Larizona station. Kate loved how much she learnt during that year, and even though the days were often long and
tiring she was never upset to get out of bed and go to work.
"I regained a sense of purpose which I hadn’t felt during my time in the city and my passion for livestock and the land continued to grow. I also fell in love with ‘the ringer next door’ (bit of a cliche, I know!) and that sealed my fate."
This was, and admittedly always had been, Kate's place in the world. In the present Kate is still splitting her work load between her home and Larizona. She is still very much in love with the ‘ringer next door’, Jake, and together they have recently purchased 10 head of young ‘woodies’ (weaners in serious need of TLC) which they plan to sell in a couple of years in order to
hopefully help fund a small herd of breeders.
The tremendous amount of hard work, sweat, blood and tears that Kate's parents have put in to the station, their home, makes her extremely proud to call herself a ‘Gorrie Girl’. Kate loves talking with her Dad about where he can see the place going in the future; various infrastructural improvements and improving herd fertility rates and their gene pool, and she hopes that together they can achieve those.
"I’m extremely grateful for all the amazing people who have been so gracious in teaching me and persisting with me and I can’t wait to continue my life on the land."
Kate it sounds like your hard work is going to pay off you are right where you belong! The love you have for your home and the land is inspiring.