Monday, 14 March 2011
Big cattle show and sale.
On Saturday there was an important Cattle Sale at our local Auction Mart. The Mart is the place where all the local farmers meet every week to discuss farming (and gossip!), to keep their eye on prices, to weigh up when to sell stock and to generally socialise.
Most of the cattle came to the Mart on the Friday evening after Friday's sales were over. This meant that they could be shampooed and spend the night in clean fresh straw so that they were in pristine condition for the Sales Ring.
Women do go to the Mart if they have stock to sell but on the whole they keep away as it is really "not done." So I persuaded the farmer to take my camera and take some photographs for us to see. There was a championship prize and then the cattle were sold - the prices were 'very good' according to the farmer.
The proceedings began with a presentation of certificates to Young Farmers and some Young Farmers' Handling Classes - in farming you have to catch them young and then keep hold of them or they drift away!