Alice Springs drovers are making tracks for Grenfell

Luke Morris and Nikita Hayes have been on the road since Boxing Day with 600 head of cattle. Photo: Peter Guthrie
Luke Morris and Nikita Hayes have been on the road since Boxing Day with 600 head of cattle. Photo: Peter Guthrie

About 600 head of cattle from Dubbo are on their way to Grenfell.

Under the care of Alice Springs couple Luke Morris and Nikita Hayes and their nine dogs, the mob of mostly cows and some weaners were near Young last week and are now trudging towards Grenfell having started at a stud on the Old Gundagai Rd on Boxing Day.

On Thursday last week, Luke, Nikita and the cattle were on Milvale Rd and headed north on Chillingworks Rd towards Grenfell. Luke said they're expecting to be on the road for another six to eight weeks, despite Dubbo receiving more than 60mm of rain this month.

"They had rain up at their home but it doesn't rain grass so it'll be another six or eight weeks on the road at least. The cattle have come from Warren and Dubbo area and were on the road for six weeks before we took them but they just had no feed," Luke said.

"We move just wherever the feed is. We're on a grazing permit so you might do four or five kilometres a day. In a day or two we'll be 10km out the road of Young."

Nikita said she's noticed the change in feed thanks to rainfall early this week.

"It's good here after that bit of rain, it shot up straight away," she said.

"You do get dry patches but the cattle are chasing that green pick now. It's not about making them fat. It's about keeping them alive. There's not a lot of feed on the road to make them fat but it's really nice to give them more than what they have at home."

Luke and Nikita are contract musterers and travel with a motorbike, five horses, nine dogs and sleep in swags in the back of their truck. They also carry a 37,000L water tank and trough.