Frosty winter but CQ lowlines stay warm
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.