LEADING CATTLE: Ned Neumann leads the cattle into the sale yards during the 2016 Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive.
LEADING CATTLE: Ned Neumann leads the cattle into the sale yards during the 2016 Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive. Tobi Loftus

Charity cattle drive is bigger than it's ever been

THE Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive is expected to be bigger than previous years with more than 530 head of cattle booked in.

After a successful launch on Saturday night at the RM Williams Centre with more than 150 people in attendance, organisers are optimistic the event run every two years is thriving.

Organiser Roslyn Payne could not believe the hype it had received.

"We have tremendous support from the entire community, from the North Burnett Regional Council to local and private businesses and of course our wonderful sponsors, everyone has embraced the cattle drive,” Mrs Payne said.

This year the cattle drive welcomes 530 head of cattle, beating 2016's record of 330.

The number of riders have doubled this year with 25 taking part in the cattle drive.

"It's gotten huge over the years, this year we have a wagon with five draught horses,” Mrs Payne said.

The Eidsvold Charity Drive runs from April 8-14.

The cattle are trucked by road to Moocooraba on Saturday April 7, Glencoe on April 8, Tireen on April 9, Culcraigie on April 10, Tandora on April 11, Euroka on April 12 and then on April 13 will arrive at the Eidsvold Station for the dinner under the stars.

Those wanting to attend the 'dinner under the stars' event can book at the RM Williams Bush Learning Centre and can be bussed from Eidsvold.

The first bus leaves at 5pm on Friday April 13. Pick up points can be collected at the caravan park and the RM Williams Centre.

On Saturday April 14 the Burnett Buckle series will take place at the showgrounds.

Gates open at 11am with the events running from 6:30pm.

"The cattle will arrive via the Eidsvold hospital and across the creek in through the polocrosse field at the showgrounds,” Mrs Payne said.

"Photograph opportunities will be held in front of the RM Williams Centre.”

The Bulls have been supplied by BK Bucking Bulls. The celebrity steer ride will feature Katherine Morice, Sergeant Chris James, Deputy Principal Preston Parter and Dean Bayles.