I'm sitting in the car next to the Emerald saleyards, chased here by the misty rain. Waiting for the sound of the rambling auctioneer in the distance to fade, for Matthew to check off and for us to hit the road for home.
After a weekend starting with a day of preg-testing
and ending with three pigs converted to hams, chops, bacon and sausages, we headed west to Alpha on Monday.
Judging duties beckoned at the local Alpha Show, Matthew presiding over the commercial cattle section, and me the stud cattle and junior sections. Unfortunately, running so soon after Beef Week, stud numbers were rather limited, not so the youngsters who turned up for the Junior Judging competition in droves. So rewarding to be involved in helping to train this next generation of beef producers. The competition involves the juniors placing four head of cattle in order of what they think is best to worst and then speaking to the audience about why they placed the animals as they did. As over-judge I also judge the cattle, the children are allocated points on how close their placings are to mine, and then I score them on their ability to speak and justify their choices. Very entertaining. The youngest competitor was four. Four! His name was Jack, he wore Harry Potter glasses and he placed the animals in exactly the same order I did. Unfortunately Jack found the whole microphone experience rather daunting, but next time he'll be a little better, and by the time he's 24 he'll be judging Beef 2030. Good stuff. Most disappointing, my camera remained in the car the whole time we were there and no photos were taken.
Jess ran in the district cross country competition yesterday,
claiming 8th place from a field of 63. We unathletic types are in awe.
Not to be outdone, Sarah placed 3rd in a State of Origin dress-up competition last night at school. If I knew how to transfer images from phone to computer, I would.
By comparison, Wallace and Sally's weeks have been rather dull, the highlight of Sally's week being a day off school with belly-ache. Obviously better able to pull the wool over the neighbour's eyes than Mum's.
Looking forward to returning home and staying put until 2015.