You’ll see plenty of cattle in far north Queensland. Dairy herds on the Tablelands and beef cattle just about everywhere else.
DOGS DON’T SAY MUCH BUT THEY GET THE JOB DONE
When it comes time to muster and move cattle, all kinds of methods are used. Helicopters, quad bikes, 4WDs, people on horses. And dogs.
But dogs bark. Especially when they’re excited. That can spook the cattle and send them bolting into the thick scrub, or stampeding over a far horizon. If only the dogs wouldn’t bark (haven’t all dog owners wished that sometimes?)
Bruce Burns has been working with dogs bred and trained not to bark when they’re working with cattle. Good human workers are expensive and in short supply so Bruce has been breeding and training dogs that can keep quiet around cattle. The results have been impressive, and has generated a lot of interest in the cattle industry.
Bruce talked about his dogs after a long day’s mustering on Welcome Station, near Laura.
AUDIO: BRUCE BURNS TALKS ABOUT TEACHIN DOGS NOT TO BARK AT CATTLE
Bruce has produced DVDs about his dogs and methods. They can be found via www.quinkancc.com.au