Grazing the Victorian Snow Country
by Brian Peter Cabena
So, what kind of grazing are we talking about? And what is the ‘snow country’?
We are talking about European livestock, mainly beef cattle but also small numbers of horses, and periodically flocks of sheep, grazing bushland in the mountains. The snow country is the highest mountain ranges that receive regular snow falls during the winter months. It includes steep ridge tops and flatter tablelands (often referred to as high plains). These areas can experience snow falls at any time of the year, but lasting snow only occurs between the months of May and September.
This book discusses the history of snow country grazing in Victoria: what it was, how it was conducted, what areas were involved and who participated, from 1835 till 2005 when it was largely, though not entirely, discontinued.