Saddle life for UK cowgirls
ON A dusty back road between Eidsvold and Mundubbera you would not expect to find two English backpacking cowgirls moving 350 head of cattle along the roadside.
“Move up there, get up, get around,” Zoe Davies yelled, as she walked among the long grass, trees and cattle.
Sitting in an old ute down the road Sarah Crossley was ready to race up the road and stop the herd.
Drought conditions have resulted in a lack of feed in the paddocks and have forced some grazers to resort to using the sides of the road, sometimes called the long paddock, to feed stock.
Permits for this activity are issued by the local council and more are anticipated as the cold, dry weather continues.
The amount of permits issued to farmers varies from year to year.
Ms Davies, an equine scientist from Cumbria, in the United Kingdom, and Ms Crossley, from the English Midland, met in London airport while travelling to Australia.
“We’re enjoying the work with the cattle and we agreed that it’s better than fruit picking,” Ms Davies said.
The English cowgirls hope the job will last for a few months as condition of their work visa, to stay in Australia for another year they are required to work in a rural area for at least 88 days.
“The country life would suit me fine if I live in Australia,” Miss Crossley said.
They will move on when this job ends, looking for their next adventure in the Land Down Under.
TREE CHANGE: English cowgirls Zoe Davies and Sarah Crossley are enjoying working in the long grass and around the trees and cattle.