Cattle muster a real tourist experience

ON THE TRAIL: The cattle are led across a bridge as part of their seven day trip home.

“…and he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended and at night the wondrous glory of the everlasting stars”.

Banjo Paterson’s lines from Clancy of the Overflow probably ring fairly true with country people but may fall a bit flat with those from the big cities.

Droving cattle is an old tradition appealing to those who relate to the above lines, but one that most probably find redundant in the days of trucking and rounding up animals on motorcycles.

Mansfield resident Amanda Swaney took part in mustering and droving cattle in a seven day exercise, bringing cattle down from their high paddocks on Upper Rose River near Mt Cobbler.

“It’s an ancient tradition that’s still alive” she said, “one that was fun to do and useful as well.”

Cattle breeders Graham and Ann-Maree Forge, based in Oxley, have a spread of around 5000 acres on various properties.

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