CAT­TLE DRIVE DRAWS VIS­I­TORS

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

MATE­SHIP and ca­ma­raderie were the main agenda on the Monto Cat­tle Drive and Trail Ride.

On Satur­day morn­ing, 42 rid­ers set out from Roths Yards on a trail to de­liver 80 head of cat­tle to a win­ter pad­dock.

Or­gan­iser Michele Goody said the drive gave peo­ple the chance to get out of their com­fort zone and come and so­cialise.

“You get all walks of life, in­clud­ing peo­ple who don’t get to the kind of thing that I see as a reg­u­lar event,” Mrs Goody said.

“It was a won­der­ful week­end en­joyed by rid­ers and vol­un­teers alike.”

The turnout had a good mix of lo­cal rid­ers and peo­ple from out­side Monto and the North Bur­nett, which has only grown since the cat­tle drive started.

It be­gan in 2005 as an an­nual event to raise money for the Monto Show So­ci­ety.

Barry Mundt helped get the idea off the ground.

“We de­cided we needed some­thing dif­fer­ent to raise money, a few guys got talk­ing and we came up with the cat­tle drive,” Mr Mundt said.

“In the olden days, there was no trans­port so you’d start off on a prop­erty with 50 head, you’d go to your neigh­bour and pick up 50 more and so on, and take them to the sale.”

Peo­ple who came along to the drive got to build use­ful ex­pe­ri­ence driv­ing cat­tle through the bush.

Paul Knight, from Mun­gungo, at­tended his first cat­tle drive this year.

“I know ev­ery­one that’s here, they’ve been egging me on to do it and the kids were too so I just came out,” Mr Knight said.

“A few of us have done cat­tle work so we kept the cat­tle to­gether while the ones that don’t know it just came for a ride.

“I do it ev­ery day, so this was just an out­ing with the kids.”

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

NEW EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Paul Knight had his first go on the cat­tle drive.

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Sun­day morn­ing rid­ers gath­er­ing.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

Stephen Gor­lick and Mick Hurley sit by the fire.

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Steers on the move.

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