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Droving cattle through the dry in western NSW

Sally Bryant, Wednesday November 27, 2013 - 12:52 EDT
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Buzz Pulver is keen to find some agistment for his cattle; he's had enough of life on the road. - ABC

As the big dry creeps further and further throughout the state, there are more stock on the road, and not just the big mobs owned by Tom Brinkworth which are coming down from Queensland.

There's a lot of pressure on some stock routes, and others are relatively lightly grazed.

Buzz Pulver acknowledges how lucky he is to have access to the highway and land surrounding the rail line between the western towns of Nyngan and Nevertire, but he says that after five months on the road with his stock he's nearly over it.

Buzz is feeding a herd of mainly Santa Gertrudis cattle, interspersed with the odd Angus and Hereford and they look good, but it's a constant effort to keep the water up to them.

He carts water to them each day using a tanker truck and large troughs; a process that takes up to seven hours a day to accomplish.

He says he's looking for agistment for the herd, but it's hard to find as the state continues to dry off.

"If we don't get a break by Christmas, or find some agistment, I reckon I'll have to send them to market."


© ABC 2013

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