Sad­dle life for UK cow­girls

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

TREE CHANGE: English cow­girls Zoe Davies and Sarah Cross­ley are en­joy­ing work­ing in the long grass and around the trees and cat­tle.

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