After weeks walking the dry and dusty stock routes of western Queensland, the first mob of Brinkworth cattle crossed into New South Wales at Mungindi this morning.

The drovers have slowed the pace in recent days to take advantage of some better feed near the border.

Boss drover Bill Little says the mob will now have to be cut back in size to meet with NSW regulations.

"It looks like we've got to reduce our mobs to 1,500 of these smaller cattle and there'll be a few changes, but yeah we're going to progress through there all right I think," he said.

"At the end of the day, it's still walking cattle, the costs change, it's dearer in New South Wales, but we're not trying to feed, so we'll just elect to take the walking permit."

ABC Rural has been following the cattle as they have meandered their way down the stock route. You can see pictures from the journey at


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