Traditionally a male domain, vast Cattle ranches in the Australian Outback are being inundated by record numbers of job-seeking girls from all over the World. Ranch owners are facing acute recruitment problems because so many 'Cobbers' are being seduced by sheep in New Zealand.
Aussie farmers are now receiving applications from women in their late teens and early 20s, outnumbering the men by up to two thirds. It is thought the inspiration comes from TV shows such as 'Ray Mears Goes Walkabout' and 'McLeod's Daughters' which tells the story of women running a remote outback farm.
One such girl, Daisy Staken, told In Seine news;
"The work is hard, dusty and sometimes dangerous especially with all those snakes and spiders, but I much prefer them to men!"
Miss Staken, a 25 year-old farm hand who works on Anna Creek Cattle Station which is the World's biggest, added;
"The girls are commonly known as Jillaroos whereas the boys are called Jackaroos. Jackaroos are rare in these parts and when you find one you need to keep hold of him and try and tame him - they soon calm down after a few tinnies of cold beer."
Bruce McNoose, the manager of Anna Creek Station, said in typically blunt Australian fashion;
"My girls are doing a great job -the hormones are not playing up with them and they're more gentle and steady with cattle and look after your machinery and motorbikes and stuff and generally are much better than fellas and I'm not knocking the fellas either, they do a great job too. The world's changing, the women are getting tougher than blokes, mate, hey?"
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