Fanfare marks end of long drove

THE first of the Brinkworth cattle, which moved through the region last year, have finally arrived at Uardry, near Hay, seven months after they set out from Queensland. 

Head drover Bill Little, who spoke to The Leader as the cattle came through the North West in September and October of last year, set out in June from Roma to lead the first of 18,000 cattle to Uardry for South Australian pastoralist Tom Brinkworth. 

On Tuesday three mobs totalling 5000 cattle arrived at the property amid much fanfare from television crews using helicopters and drones to film the spectacle. 

Mr Brinkworth put on a lavish spread for everyone who helped in the operation and was able to attend. 

Mr Little will now oversee the other mobs’ walk in to Uardry before the middle of February. 

Elders agent Ron Rutledge said it was a significant milestone in Australian history. “The drovers have done a wonderful job,” Mr Rutledge said.

“The magnitude of numbers hasn’t been droved in 100 years. It’s been a fairly devoted cause for seven months.” 

Mr Rutledge said it was a huge event for Elders, which co-ordinated the whole process from purchase to delivery. 

“It was the biggest single transaction Elders has ever conducted in 175 years,” he said.

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