Country Calendar – Autumn Muster

Country Calendar - Autumn Musters

Director Jerome Cvitanovich

Producer Frank Torley

Presenting three episodes of the iconic television series, Country Calendar, which visit high country stations in time for the autumn muster.

“A weathered farmer and his dogs mustering sheep in the hills is a romantic part of New Zealand’s identity. But it’s a way of life under threat” wrote Martin van Beynen in his article Last of the Southern Men

Country Calendar, Autumn Muster at Molesworth Station, 2002 (24.04 mins)
Director/reporter: Jerome Cvitanovich
Producer: Frank Torley
Presenter: Jim Hickey
Molesworth Station in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest farm, it is so vast that everything is talked of “in riding time.” These days the autumn cattle muster involves the use of light aircraft to mark the location of cattle and save wear and tear on the men, horses and dogs. The muster involves driving cattle over the 1400 metre Robinson Saddle, believed to be one of the highest cattle-mustered passes in the world.

Country Calendar, Autumn Muster on Erewhon Station, 2004 (23.18 mins)
Director/producer: Frank Torley
Reporter: Jerome Cvitanovich
The autumn muster on Erewhon Station at the head of the Ashburton Gorge. Station owner Colin Drummond, says the work of the muster “is as much exploring as working” and an experience that “cleanses the soul.”

Country Calendar, Autumn muster at Branches Station near Queenstown, 2007 (22.26 mins)
Director/reporter: Jerome Cvitanovich
Producer: Julian O’Brien
Branches Station is a vast 33,000 hectare property beginning in Skippers Canyon and spreading out to include the upper reaches of the Shotover River south of Mt Aspiring. The station takes its name from the many tributaries that form the upper reaches of the Shotover. Country Calendar visited The Branches in April, when all the stock are brought out of the summer country in preparation for the cold weather to come. April is a hectic month of mustering, yard work and droving cattle up the Skipper’s Canyon Rd.