Home Hill Campdraft teams muster Fast work for cattle hands
ALL the crack hands gathered to help with the mustering and drafting of more than 1000 head of cattle for the Home Hill Campdraft this weekend.
On Thursday at Landers Creek Station near Millaroo, where the campdraft is being held, helicopter pilot John Ahern was mustering cattle in from the Leichhardt Range.
Just 20km away in the same ranges something similar was happening on the Williams’ family’s Hillsborough Station. Cattle had been mustered and were being drafted in the Hillsborough stockyards for trucking to Landers Creek.
In the past the cattle have been walked from Hillsborough to Landers Creek. It’s a two- day droving trip, but this year with time at a premium the cattle were put on trucks.
The campdraft was originally scheduled for May. The cattle had been yarded and everything was ready to go, but then heavy rain arrived. The organisers were left with no option but to cancel.
“We had to change the date because it was too wet in May,” committee member Stephanie Tudehope said.
It meant clashing with the Ingham campdraft which is on this weekend.
“We couldn’t do anything about the clash. We really tried not to go the same date as Ingham, but there were no other times.”
Competitors started arriving at Landers Creek with their trucks and horses mid- week. Among them were Ross and Cheryl Mills from Armidale in NSW’s New England Tableland district. They are on a “campdrafting holiday”, but confess that their Queensland excursion is also an escape from the bitter New England cold.
“It’s getting down to - 8C down there. It’s beautiful weather up here,” Ms Mill said.
They have already competed at the Powlathanga Campdraft west of Charters Towers, and at the Gold City Charters Towers Campdraft, and at Bowen River near Collinsville. After the Home Hill Campdraft they will travel to Central Queensland to compete at the Paradise Lagoons event and from there they plan to head home to Armidale via the Narrabri campdraft.
“We’ve been doing a campdraft every weekend,” Mr Mills said.
The campdraft, held under the Australian Campdraft Association Inc banner, started yesterday and ends tomorrow.