MOYNE Shire Council has come to the rescue of a group of NSW farmers.
More than 350 head of cattle belonging to Geoff Allan and a number of associates will soon be grazing on roadsides in the shire.
It's a win-win situation, according to Moyne Shire councillor Daniel Meade.
"It will help Moyne Shire to maintain the roadsides that grow out of control on a yearly basis and are a severe fire risk," Councillor Meade said.
"We are able to reduce that fire risk and we are actually feeding cows that are coming from a severely affected drought area."
Drover John Wilson, who has almost 50 years' experience, is the man who has been on the road with the cattle for the past 12 months.
The cattle will be trucked into the shire from NSW in the coming weeks and will graze on roadsides for the foreseeable future.
Mr Wilson said the offer from Moyne Shire was a lifeline for the cattle.
"We've been with these cows for just over 12 months," he said.
"We've been in NSW but now they've decided the want to close the stock routes so we've been looking for new spots to keep them alive."
Mr Wilson said the cows will graze on between two and six kilometres of grass along the side of roads each day.
"We'll unload around Caramut and likely travel south to the Woolsthorpe and Macarthur areas."
Mr Wilson loves life on the road with his wife, his horse and dogs.
"We bring our cream cakes and have a stubby every now and then - I like what I do otherwise I wouldn't still be doing it," he said.
Mr Wilson said the couple would return the cattle to the Broken Hill area when the drought breaks.
"The shire has sort of left it pretty open to us - it could be six months or it could be three months," he said.
"It depends on the rain at home."
Mr Wilson said the cattle were used to being on the road, but urged residents to slow down if they come across them.
"We just ask people to slow down to a speed where you can stop," he said.
"If you come through at 100km/h a cow doesn't know to stop because she has the right of way."
Cr Meade said the shire was pleased to be able to help the drought-affected farmers while cleaning up the roadsides.
Mr Allan said he was extremely grateful the shire was allowing his cattle to graze on the roadsides.
"It means everything to us," he said.
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