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Country Calendar - Billy Riddell, Drover Television (Full Length Episode) – 1975 Documentary

Country Calendar - Billy Riddell, Drover

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1975 Documentary

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This  Country Calendar episode profiles Billy Riddell, one of the few remaining drovers who was still moving herds the old fashioned way in the mid 1970s: “on the hoof” (the art of droving was being supplanted by rail and livestock trucks). The episode accompanies Riddell on a ‘drive’, as he moves a herd of cattle along the East Coast. Riddell’s narration recalls stampedes, river crossings, losing dogs and stock out to sea, the joys of butter, and why townies shouldn’t be on the roads: “the roads were there before cars were even blimmin' thought of”. He also reflects on a drover’s life.

These cattle have never seen top-dressed grass in their lives eh.
– Billy Riddell on the grass-fed stock