Jackaroos Only

Hi everyone. I received these photos from Jackaroo yesterday. They have been stuck in the same area for a few days now, and will be for a couple more while they wait for a big enough gap between them and the mob ahead. (You can read more about the history-making drove here). Having such large groups of cattle moving down the stock route, food is becoming scarce. So they are trying to create bigger gaps between the cattle. Not that it probably makes much difference since we’re currently in a bit of a drought! Then again, when isn’t Australia in a drought? It’s either flooding or dusty haha!

Anyway, there have been few hiccups along the way, apart from earlier this week when a few horses escaped. The horses are currently having to be hobbled during the night, as the other morning they were found 8kms from camp! Naughty nags. Apparently one of them was my beloved Perseverance. No… That can’t be right!

Enjoy the photos, I hope to have some more photos or stories soon πŸ™‚

The cattle graze as they walk.

The cattle graze as they walk.

Feed time at the yards in Naribri.

Feed time at the yards in Naribri.

Believe it or not there is 2000 head there!

Believe it or not there is 2000 head there!

Morning on the stock route.

Morning on the stock route.

A storm rolls in to camp while the men prepare for the night.

A storm rolls in to camp while the men prepare for the night.

Storm, one of the working collies.

Storm, one of the working collies.

Camp. Definitely a lot more comfortable than back in the day!

Camp. Definitely a lot more comfortable than back in the day!

An electric tape holds the horses for the night.

An electric tape holds the horses for the night.

The horses on their days off travel with the cattle.

The horses on their days off travel with the cattle.

The horses and cattle are tucked in for the night.

The horses and cattle are tucked in for the night.

A drover on his horse.

A drover on his horse.

You have to be prepared for anything, if 2000 head of cattle had spooked at this plane coming in, there would've been some major dramas!

You have to be prepared for anything, if 2000 head of cattle had spooked at this plane coming in, there would’ve been some major dramas!

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17 thoughts on “Jackaroos Only

  1. We have a couple of big mobs around here at the moment. One lot looks like they may be from QLD with plenty of brahmans and santas. The other is a mob of angus. Both are calving and causing dramas for the men as they try to keep cows and young calves together. Let me know if the Jackaroo moves into the Coolatai/Warialda area.

    • The herd that Jackaroo has, is mostly santas. I spoke to him last night. He said that there are a few mobs moving through your area, but they’re already south of it. Some other fellas brought their mob to the Naribri yards and then they took them on from there. He did say that some of the mobs have a few calves in their mobs. Apparently, one mob ahead of them there was 6 angus bulls or something! They had to get taken out since they were causing trouble.

  2. Hi Jess, just a question about this drive, do the drovers sleep in that van with the saddles or on the ground in swags, like the cattle hands did when they were away from the homestead out near Oodnadatta when we stayed on a property there? I guess it’s pretty chilly at night in inland New South. Inside the van would be cosy but under the stars sounds romantic and gives more personal space. Enjoy WA. Bronwyn

    • Hi Bronwyn, thanks for your questions. Each group is different, but Jackaroo’s mob is made up of 3 men, currently. There is a horse/cattle truck towing a horse float. The truck has a fold down bed in it where one man sleeps, Jackaroo sleeps in a swag in our horse float, and the other man sleeps in a swag outside. It has been really chilly apparently – I feel sorry for the man sleeping outside in his swag! Well, I hope it’s not too romantic out there, since it’s just 3 men! Haha thanks for stopping by (p.s WA was great thanks!).

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