Truckies are a special breed. They are undaunted by rain,heat, mud, titchy cattle, poor sleep and cafe food.

Three huge rigs, B doubles, arrive at dawn. They have been parked off the road overnight to grab some sleep so we can load cattle early.

Thank goodness yesterday’s 43 degrees has been reduced and it is cooler. We had a few spots of rain in a storm last night and worried that the black soil driveway would be dangerous but by dawn-break it is all OK.

We load the cattle up the ramps. Two lots are off to agistment near Dorrigo; we have never had to agist before but now we are in deep drought. There is a mass of green feed on the Tablelands and they will be in clover.

The rigs rumble off down the driveway for the trip north and we are glad that we now have less cattle to hand feed over summer.