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Droving cattle the old fashioned way

CATTLE DRIVE: Sam Slack and his crew drove 500 head of cattle along the back roads of Biggenden to a paddock in the Woowoonga area.
CATTLE DRIVE: Sam Slack and his crew drove 500 head of cattle along the back roads of Biggenden to a paddock in the Woowoonga area. Erica Murree

ABOUT 500 head of young cattle are making their way to Maryborough via the Burnett.

Currently resting at a paddock near Biggenden, the beasts are predominately weaned yearlings on their way as breeder replacements at a property at Parker Creek.

Gayndah property owner Sam Slack said it was a new idea to transport the young beasts by walking them instead of on a truck.

"We wanted to give them that education handling since putting time into them keeps them from getting wilder,” Mr Slack said.

Starting off at the Nulla Creek at Coringa, they came into Biggenden via Degilbo, through a landowners paddock and then into Blue Bell Rd and then across the Isis Highway, down the dump road and onto Woowoonga Hall Rd across Pages Bridge into a paddock which will be their new home for the next week or so.

The team of six ran four on horses, two in utes with dogs and bikes as well.

A disused roll of barbed wire getting caught on a horse's tail led to some drama, but fortunately no one was harmed.

Mr Slack said dingo bait laid on the track could have caused an issue for the dogs, and asked that property owners be mindful when laying bait.

Topics:  bait biggenden cattle cattle drive dogs maryborough


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