The Georgina Pastoral Company purchased Lake Nash Station on the Barkly Tableland in 2004 and newlyweds Fred and Sarah Hughes took over management of the massive 4.2 million acre property in 2013.
Lake Nash Station currently runs around 60,000 head of cattle – 25,000 of which are certified organic.
In an average season Lake Nash Station can run 75,000 head across the predominantly Mitchell grass downs.
A good year sees 12 inches of rainfall, but significant droughts in 2008 and 2013 have proved hard work.
“We’re hoping to use the NRM Spatial Hub technology to help us monitor stocking and density of waters and paddocks, which should in turn help us make better use of our pasture,” Fred Hughes said.
“We haven’t used any technology like this before and we consider it to be an exciting land and vegetation management tool,” he said.
“Like all graziers, we want to leave the business and the land in a better state for the next generation,” Sarah Hughes said.
“Our greatest challenge is managing the seasonal risks but support like this plus knowing that these situations have been successfully overcome in the past keeps us positive,” she said.