And found both to be in fruitful abundance. As were bywashing dams, running creeks, damaged flood fences and many cattle in wrong paddocks! A particularly busy Australia Day resulted.
Matthew and his team of two set out on bike, mustering the mountain country with Dad and me along for moral support, and possibly a small amount of advice.
The heat of the day combined with the length of the grass meant these workers were looking for shade and water at every opportunity.
With cows in, we drafted off fat cows destined to the meatworks this coming weekend, other heifers we did an early preg-test on to test the efficiency of a new bull running with them, (he got the tick of approval) and other young cattle to send back to the mountain country.
With the road still too wet in parts to allow a truck through, we will head up again this weekend with horses on board. Unloading at the neighbour's yards we will ride in, gather our meatworks cows and drive them back out to the neighbours.
The four youngest ringers are most excited.