Outback cattle station finds market for feral camels

A central Australian cattle station has decided to start trucking camels off the property to manage numbers, selling the animals to contractors.

Aileron Station, about 135 kilometres north of Alice Springs, recently trapped about 35 camels, which were then trucked to a multi-species abattoir in South Australia.

Feral camels are a common sight on many stations in the red centre, and pastoralists are required to control the populations, which often results in culling.

But for Aileron Pastoral holdings, the business decided it made more sense to sell the animals.

Aileron Station trucks about 35 feral camels off the property, to be sent to a southern abattoir.

Aileron Station trucks about 35 feral camels off the property, to be sent to a southern abattoir.

Leading hand Carlene Robertson said when she was not mustering she did the bore runs on the station, and often had to repair damage from the camels.

“I see it all the time. They just completely wreck the fences,” she said.

“They don’t see the fences, so they break three or four barbs at a time, bend all the pickets, which makes our job a lot longer.”

Although the money made from the camels was not a lot, according to Ms Robertson mustering the animals was worth it because it saved time and labour down the track.

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