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    Woman in the Outback step forward - Not a Farmer's Wife

    Not a farmerís wife

    As agriculture grows up, brute strength is no longer the prized trait.
    Instead, technical skill, ambition and a level head are in demand and
    itís women who are proving very good for business.

    Jane Sale is a farmer in her own right.
    Her work and life are not balanced, but instead purposefully stitched together.

    Metres from the home office is the childrenís School of the Air
    classroom, and while the cattle have millions of acres to roam, theyíre never far from Janeís mind.

    Thatís the deal when you move from the city to outback Australia to build and run cattle stations.
    Jane, 43, and her husband Haydn, 45, manage the Yougawalla Pastoral Company,
    covering Yougawalla, Bulka and Margaret River stations in Western Australiaís Kimberley region.

    ďI came out here, but I didnít marry into this.
    This is a project that Haydn and I have built together and both want,Ē Jane said.

    From Perth, the journey to their homestead is a three-hour flight north,
    then a seven-hour drive on bitumen before another four hours off it.

    Stephanie Coombes, 32 (pictured left) and Gemma Somerset, 17 (pictured right) bring up
    the tail of a group of cattle they are drafting at Bulka Station.

    Recruiters and managers say stock teams are increasingly diverse because having qualities inextricably linked
    to being a female within them isnít just good for progress, but fundamentally good for business.

    They say a female presence helps keep their herds calm, still and heavier, and those kilos are worth thousands.

    Women have always had a presence on cattle stations, but when handling the herd is
    about someoneís nature and not just their brute strength, the opportunities open up.
    ďThereís potential for women in every role that has previously been male-dominated,Ē Jane said.

    Helicopter pilot Nina Hardie, 34, prepares her two-seater Robinson Beta II for a
    day's mustering at Margaret River Station.

    It's an interesting story and much more then presented here.
    For more Google ABC women-in-outback-australia-step-forward

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    Ya see, women can be just as hard as blokes, but they are more subtle about it. Just because she has a strong mind and steely determination, doesn’t mean she can’t be feminine too.

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