A Drover is an experienced stockman who moves livestock, usually sheep or cattle, over long distances. They are required when delivering animals to a new owner’s property, taking animals to market, or moving animals during a drought to a healthier environment.
Drovers may be required to move a small mob of cattle, or take on the more challenging task of moving several hundred wild cattle over long distances.
Drovers must be:
- excellent horsemen
- able to manage stock in various environments and conditions
- able to withstand long periods of working alone
- able to prepare and cook meals in barren environments
- able to set up camp and make a safe fire for warmth and cooking purposes
- handle a rush caused by wild animals, lightning or other stimulus
The introduction of railways, trucks and trailers to transport livestock has lead to a decline in the number of Drovers required, however they do still operate in National Parks and remote areas of Australia and the United States.