THE HEART-WARMING STORY OF A VERY UNIQUE DOG’S ROLE IN FARMING LIFE
The process of mustering – gathering and moving livestock from place to place - is a long, difficult and often dangerous job; sometimes done on foot, or with animals, vehicles or even aircraft, the techniques used can depend on region, culture, distances and the type of terrain involved, and the type of animal that is being mustered. In the vast and challenging terrains across Australia, muster dogs hold a special place in farming life.
Spanning the red earth of the Top End to the green pastures of regional Victoria, Muster Dogs is a warm, character-driven factual entertainment series featuring five graziers from across Australia, each of whom has been given a Kelpie puppy from the same litter to train up to be a muster dog.
It is an action-packed yet intimate journey through the lives of the graziers as they participate in an experiment to each train a new pup, attempting to transform it from a greenhorn to an efficient working member of a mustering pack.
Checking in with the puppies at key milestones, training gurus and mustering experts set challenges and assess the pup’s progress. The journey to train these uniquely Australian dogs turns into an emotional ride into the graziers’ lives, and provides a deeper understanding of the unique bond between human and dog.
The series also explores different approaches to mustering - revealing the facts, science, and technology involved in ensuring top results, animal welfare and limited environmental impact as farmers increasingly move away from mechanisation, and move back to relying exclusively on dogs to do the mustering job.
The diverse and engaging cast of characters is drawn from across the country. Thirty-seven-year-old Joni travels alone with her pack of dogs across the Top End mustering cattle; Joni was almost killed in a quad bike accident while mustering and is now a staunch supporter of using dogs. Stockbroker turned sheep grazier Rob Tuncks relishes a challenge, but will find his own methods of dog training tested in the series. The Finger family have been farmers in Clermont, Queensland for sixty years and have been on the brink of foreclosure five times. Indigenous station owner CJ is an award-winning horse trainer but is new to dog mustering - will she find the same success training dogs?
Funny, dramatic, and heart-warming, Muster Dogs is a series rooted in an industry that underpins a significant aspect of Australian identity – but whose universal themes will also appeal to audiences globally.