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Age no obstacle for the McLennan brothers

The McLennan brothers (from left) Reg on Solar, Rod on Cowgirl and Rupert on Bracelet were competing in Grafton's annual penning event at Hawthorne Park on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
The McLennan brothers (from left) Reg on Solar, Rod on Cowgirl and Rupert on Bracelet were competing in Grafton's annual penning event at Hawthorne Park on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

BEATING cowboys over 60 years their junior the McLennan brothers showed everyone age is no obstacle at the South Grafton cow-penning on Saturday.

In terms of whether or not reaching 84 had made rounding up cattle any harder for the eldest McLennan brother, Rupert he did seem to think so.

"There's not much difference no matter how old I get," he said.

"I never got away from horses.

"My brothers did though, Rodney worked on a research station near Warwick and Reg worked in trucks his whole life."

Rupert said he thought it may be the final time the brothers were able to compete together.

"We'll probably never get to do it again because Rodney's just down here on a visit, but Reg and I might do a bit more because he lives down here."

Younger brother Reg was a little more optimistic.

 

"Bloody oath we'll be back we've got a few runs left in us yet," he said.

In terms of the secret to success, Reg had no doubts.

"It's about knowing cattle, being patient and not rushing things."

One of the key advantages the trio had over much of the field was professional experience working with cattle, on horseback.

"Most places these days round them up on quad bike, but we've always done it on horses; it's what we're used to," Reg said.

The three brothers were raised on a dairy farm near Kangaroo Ck and spent much of their life campdrafting.

Eldest brother Rupert ended up being a drover and as you'd expect he had more than his share of stories to tell.

One which he'd been waiting to get off his chest was performing emergency surgery on a bullock.

During a drove in the '70s he noticed a particular bullock kept lying on the ground.

Rupert went over to investigate and saw that the bullock had a large wound near its % ribs, with something sticking out of it.

He reached inside and pulled out a large piece of timber the bullock had been speared with, presumably when it ran into a log.

After pulling out the wood, he sutured the wound using hair from a horse's tail and his pocket knife.

The bullock went on to keep walking for the next 10 days.

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