Frosty win­ter but CQ low­lines stay warm

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Kir­ili Lamb Kir­ili.Lamb@ru­ral­

THE mer­cury has dropped across Queens­land’s Mackay re­gion with a cold snap over the past few weeks. The re­gion’s hin­ter­land area ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant frost, as demon­strated in this im­age by Mandy Ten­nent of CloudBreak Low­lines and Eun­gella Beef at Cred­i­ton.

“Aus­tralian Low­lines don’t re­ally seem to mind the cold, they do grow their ‘win­ter coats’ but they don’t drop con­di­tion at all,” Ms Ten­nent said.

“Low­lines are very adapt­able. We started our orig­i­nal herd at Emu Park via Rockhampton, on hot, dry, coastal hills, and they have tran­si­tioned fine.

“They are smart enough to find the high­est, sun­ni­est part of the pad­dock, but can’t help run­ning down to see us in case we have treats like lucerne.

“Once we broke through the ice in the trough, they were keen to drink.”

Tem­per­a­tures on the prop­erty have been down to -6°C. The cold­est tem­per­a­ture since the fam­ily bought Cloudbreak in 2010 re­mains -7°C in 2014.

The win­ter chill has been ex­cit­ing for the Ten­nents’ daugh­ters.

“Imo­gen and Cas­sidy love get­ting up early, putting on plenty of lay­ers, and go­ing out to dis­cover ice crys­tals and fairy dust,” Ms Ten­nent said.

“Their next favourite part is go­ing back to the house for hot cho­co­late with marsh­mal­lows.”


FROSTY MOO-RNING: Cas­sidy and Imo­gen Ten­nent, at Cloudbreak Low­lines and Eun­gella Beef prop­erty.

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