Some of the cattle waiting to leave - the cattle trailer holds 10 cows so 3 trips have to be made
Waiting patiently at the gate
The last group - time to leave
Coaxing the cattle into the trailer
Cattle are safely inside
In previous years, the cattle have remained on the Island over the winter and into January or February, weather permitting. This year they did such a great job of grazing the thick dune grasses that they could return home for Christmas. In addition to grazing the rough, long vegetation, the cattle also trampled and damaged some of the Pirri-pirri bur among the dunes:
Photos of damaged Pirri-pirri bur. You can see the exposed root where the cattle have pulled it up out of the ground, this makes the plant more susceptible to frost damage.