Barnaby Joyce head butted by a sheep in NSW

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been head butted by a sheep at his New South Wales property.

The Nationals leader was butted on his knee while handling sheep in a race at his home in Tamworth on Monday.

Joyce was still in a lot of pain on Tuesday at the Nationals post-election meeting, with the party increasing its numbers from 21 to 22 after the July 2 federal election.


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He returned to his home in Tamworth on Tuesday night, putting Wednesday’s talks to finalise the new Coalition ministry in doubt.

Joyce and deputy leader Fiona Nash are meant to sit down with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra.

Earlier Joyce told the Nationals there was no huge rush to finalise the agreement because the governor-general, Sir Peter Cosgrove, was currently overseas and the swearing-in of the new ministry would not take place until he returned.