Drovers return to what they love
THE head drovers on the Eidsvold Charity Cattle drive might both be getting older but that did not stop them getting back on their horses and doing what they do best.
Ned Neumann and Ron Bligh were both drovers several decades ago, when droving was the main form of cattle transport in the region.
"The first time we ever met we were on the road," Mr Neumann said.
"We sort of look at one another and get on alright," Mr Bligh said.
Mr Bligh said the way cattle are moved had changed a lot.
"We've got trucks and all that now," he said.
"There is more speed in the work.
"They have to get it done pretty quick now.
"It once was pretty relaxed, you just did the work."
"Everything was walked in from the properties to the sale yards and then the drovers took them away," Mr Neumann said.
They both agreed to head the Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive, which has now reached its conclusion.
"It's been real good," Mr Neumann said.
"Yeah, we've had a good time.
"We behaved ourselves: been talking to the police and they haven't locked us up yet."
They both said it was good to be back droving cattle.
"Flaming oath it is," Mr Neumann added.
Mr Neumann said the cattle had performed well.
"We haven't really had any problems with any of them," he said.
"Yeah, they've been pretty good," Mr Bligh added.
"We did pretty good I reckon."
They both agree on one thing: they could have kept going for longer.
"We could go on for another couple of weeks couldn't we?" Mr Neumann said.
"Oh easy," Mr Bligh replied.