BULLOCKIES TOGETHER: Richie Wells, Philip Thomson and Brian Fish keep an eye on activities.
BULLOCKIES TOGETHER: Richie Wells, Philip Thomson and Brian Fish keep an eye on activities. Noel Thompson

Bullocky follows in dad’s footsteps

WORKING a bullock team in Tasmania is not really an oddity as it is not so long ago there were several working teams in the state.

In the North Burnett last week, Richie Wells from Tasmania said he has one of the few teams left working commercially in the state.

Mr Wells said he has just put in for a contract to pull timer off the forestry floor.

"I like to work the bullocks in the traditional way, walking them in for miles to an area that no truck could ever get to and pull out timber that can be milled into something worthwhile," he said.

"The bullock team is always ready to go and they don't use any fuel."

Mr Wells works at his town's CRT hardware, breaks in horses and works his bullock team.

"Wages are pretty low in Tasmania so I do lots of different jobs to make ends meet," he said.

"Working my team is what I love doing and I hope that my son will be a bullocky like me and my father before me."


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