With thousands of hectares of farmland burnt, countless head of cattle dead and tonnes of crops scorched, bushfires have brought chaos and suffering to farmers in northern New South Wales.
A fire in the Clarence Valley at Baryulgil has burnt most of the grazing land on Yulgilbar Station, owned by Baillieu and Sarah Myer and home to a renowned Santa Gertrudis stud.
General managers Rob and Lorraine Sinnamon, with a team of up to 20 people, have been fighting fires on the property adjacent to the Clarence River for the past week.
“I can’t talk highly enough about how fantastic my team’s been, and our fencing contractors and neighbours and friends that have pulled together,” Mr Sinnamon said.
They managed to save the historic Yulgilbar Castle — built in the 1860s — as well as protect a number of other homes and buildings on the 14,000-hectare property.
“There were three houses with fire around them all at once, including the castle and we’re fortunate it hasn’t been damaged, a lot of gardens around it have been,” he said.