About 1500 cattle have been seen walking along a highway in stunning scenes captured in Queensland’s Central Highlands Region.
SunWater, a water service provider, shared photos on Facebook of the farm animals moving along a road in Emerald on Tuesday.
“Sunwater’s Emerald operations and construction teams helped farmers 'mooove' 1500 cattle safely across the Fairbairn Dam wall,” it wrote.
“Our friends at Fairbairn Irrigation Network then assisted by allowing the cattle access along the Selma Channel Access Road and monitored public safety for people driving to the dam.”
People called the very Australian photos “awesome” and “amazing”.
“Always good to see farmers still droving cattle,” one woman wrote.
It follows a plea from Sammie Rayner who spent two days in mid-September helping transport a large herd of cattle with NSW-based company Glenbri Rural Contracting.
During the ongoing drought, cattle herds are often required to move around, sometimes over long distances, to a new paddock that can provide better prospects for feed.
“We... copped more verbal abuse than you would ever expect from truckies, cars, utes ... because we were asking them to slow down,” Ms Rayner said.
According to the post, one female drover was clipped by a passing truck driver: “If she hadn’t moved it would have been a rather horrific outcome”. However she added that not everyone was impatient with the road-using cattle, labelling those who passed safely as “absolute gems”.
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