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Thousands of NT cattle to hit NSW long paddock 

ABC Rural  Amy Phillips and Nicole Bond

  Walking the stock route height=227 Photo: Cattle grazing on the long paddock near Ilfracombe. (Amy Phillips)      Eighteen thousand head of cattle from the Top End of Australia will be walked to Hay in NSW.

The young cattle have been bought from the Australian Agricultural Company's properties, including Anthony's Lagoon and Brunette Downs in the Northern Territory, and will be trucked to Longreach.

Boss drover Bill Little is organising nine teams to then walk the record number of cattle south.

"Eighteen thousand, predominantly heifers from AACo properties mostly from the Northern Territory, they're going to Uardry station near Hay and we're hoping to walk them all the way," he said.

"The season's a bit up and down in places, but they'll be going direct, so I think we'll have a fair chance of getting through."

Other landholders with cattle on the stock route are concerned about the already low water supplies. Drought has led to a shortage of feed in northern Australia.