Stockman attacked while mustering cattle

Darren Cartwright

A stockman has been stabbed in the face with a boning knife following an altercation over a road sign while mustering cattle.

The 30-year-old stockman was mustering at Mungindi on the Queensland-NSW border on Sunday morning when he saw another man taking his 'give way to stock' sign and placing it in a ute.

The stockman approached the other man and the pair exchanged tense words.

Police say the man then grabbed a boning knife from the ute and charged at the stockman, stabbing him in the right cheek.

The attacker dropped the sign and fled.

He is described as 185cm tall, of slim build, mid-length sandy blonde hair and wearing a red flannelette shirt and blue jeans.

He was driving an early 2000s Toyota Hilux single cab utility with a swag, tarp and water bottles in the tray.

The stockman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the Mungindi Hospital.