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Mustering time at Helen Springs Station

These are interesting statistics

  • There are 17 trucks with 3 trailers and 2 decks per trailer;
  • Therefore there are 102 decks of cattle and there would be approximately 28 cattle per deck; This totals 2,856 head of cattle.
  • The cattle will weigh approximately 500kg each. That is 1400 tonne of prime beef on the move.
  • The sale price for cattle at Longreach is approx. 165c/kg
  • Each animal will therefore be sold at $825.
  • Total revenue from this analysis is $2,356,200

Another interesting fact:

  • Each trailer has 24 tyres plus a dolly with 8 tyres
  • Each vehicle therefore has 62 tyres (not including spares)
  • For the 72 trucks there are 4,464 tyres on the road.
  • Assumed fuel capacity of each truck is 900 litres. That is around 15 000 litres to get this train mobile. Retail price of diesel assumed at $1.50/ltr.
  • That is $22 500 approx. Nice fuel bill.





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