Luke Morris, Nikita Hayes left Dubbo with 600 cattle to find food

KEEPING THEM ALIVE: Engaged couple Luke Morris and Nikita Hayes have been on the road since Boxing Day with 600 head of cattle. Photo: PETER GUTHRIE
KEEPING THEM ALIVE: Engaged couple 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 have been on the road in the Young district this week.

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

On Thursday, Mr Morris, Ms Hayes and the cattle were on Milvale Road and headed north on Chillingworks Road towards Grenfell.

Mr Morris said they were expecting to be on the road for another six to eight weeks, despite Dubbo receiving more than 60 millimetres of rain this month.

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"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," he said.

"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.

"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."

We move just wherever the feed is.

Luke Morris

Ms Hayes said she had 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."

Ms Hayes and Mr Morris 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 37,000 litre water tank and trough.

"On the hot days they're drinking that dry. Luke fills about 15,000L on a cooler, wet day," Ms Hayes said.

The Alice Springs couple spent Christmas with Mr Morris' family in Tamworth before hitting the road with the mob on Boxing Day.

They've made themselves available for a few months before celebrating their wedding in May.

"He calls it a holiday, I don't know if I'd call it that," Ms Hayes laughed.

"We cop a bit off a few people [motorists] out here. There's some nice people that drop a loaf of bread down and a cold beer but there's also some that don't give you the time of day," Mr Morris added.