Get ready for Eidsvold cattle drive this weekend
THE Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive is running again for the second time ever after a successful 2016 drive, that saw around 300 head of cattle.
This year it's expected to be bigger than ever drawing in more than 530 head of cattle, with around 25 riders taking the ropes.
The Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive kicks off on Sunday April 8-Saturday April 14.
Before the cattle drive commences, the cattle are tailed out to Moocooraba on April 5-6 and socialised as a group before walking across to Glencoe on April 8 where they'll meet their paying customers on the road.
Locations for the cattle drive: Sunday night April 8, the cattle and their riders will stay in Glencoe for the night owned by the McIntyre family.
Monday night April 9, the cattle and their riders will stay in Tireen owned by the Hutchinson family.
Tuesday night April 10, the cattle and their riders will stay in Tandora owned by the Birchley family.
Wednesday night April 11, the cattle and their riders will stay in Culcraigie owned by Brian Backshaw.
Thursday night April 12, cattle riders will stay in Euroka owned by the Bowling family.
Friday April 13, cattle riders will stay at the Eidsvold Station owned by Rick GreenUp and his family.
Coordinator Bruce Tye said the charity drive started off as an idea in 2015 and just grew ever since.
"Dot Hamilton and Peter Webster were a couple of the instigators and David White from Moocooraba came on board very quickly and he was prepared to donate 10 head of cattle which was a big boost to us,” Mr Tye said.
Mr Tye's involvement in the cattle drive was thanks to Peter Webster.
"Word was spreading around that something was going ahead and the Hutchinson family came on board very quickly as well as the Payne family,” he said.
"When I saw all these people along the road, every family there was very much in favour of doing it.”
The main drovers for the event are Ned Neumann and Ron Bligh.
"It's great to see a lot of people came on board with different sets of skills and wanted to take part in the cattle drive,” he said.
"The secret is to utilise everyone's skill base.”
The Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive will be donating proceeds to LifeFlight, Flying Doctor and the Burnett Lodge.