The Droughtmaster breed of cattle is celebrating its 50th birthday in the place it was born - north Queensland.
The breed was developed in the north to try and develop tick resistance, and is now the second most popular breed in the region.
Rob Atkinson's grandfather established the breed, and he says it came from an interesting place.
"When the cattle tick arrived through the top end of Australia with a shipment of cattle from south-east Asia, there were a lot of challenges for those producers back then," he said.
"Their cattle had no immunity to tick fever, red water we call it.
"They had to try and do something about it, and they managed to get their hands on a bit of Bos Indicus blood, probably started from the Melbourne Zoo and worked their way up."
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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