From: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
More importantly - what the %^&* is a cattle drover?
He was one of the hands that kept the cattle in the group during a cattle drive, he'd go after strays and run them back to the group they were driving to a town. Many a drive went out of Texas to Kansas City or somewhere in Wyoming or California. They called them drovers because they were part of the cattle drive. They usually stunk to high heaven and were wild and crazy guys when they got to a town. You never watched "Rawhide"? Great tv show about cattle drives that's now back on ME tv in the US. Had a jingle of a intro song. "rollin rollin rollin, keep them doggies rollin....RAWHIDE...you can probably google it to get more info about show.
Man that show was/is *legendary* !! Heck even Clint Eastwood was in it. Double
I'd say they would earn a couple of grand nowadays, hard physical labour and you'd have to know what you are doing, probably underpayed too. Sure there was no hygiene back then, but then again people looked at it differently. How many folks did have a shower/bath then, or a toilet? They wore longjohns for weeks on end, even in the heat. So I don't think the smells and sounds of the herd would be any problem. Matter of fact, speaking from experience, you get used to it pretty fast.
The haydays of cattledriving lasted only a couple of years I think.