Back from the Land Down Under!
We are back on Canadian soil once again! We had an absolutely fantastic time spending the past two and a half months in New Zealand and Australia! We have returned home with new ideas and knowledge, lasting friendships, and renewed eagerness to expand our cattle and clinic business! On our "trip of a lifetime" we spent a few days in the Cook Islands; two weeks driving from Auckland to Christchurch, New Zealand; one month near Scone, New South Wales, Australia, helping the MacCallum family at Manali Limousin & Lim-Flex Stud prepare over fifty bulls for their bull sale; and one month driving 4,000 km, visiting a couple of Limousin studs in southern New South Wales and travelling up the east coast from Sydney to Cairns!
While we were at Manali we were asked by the St. Josephburg High School to clip two of the school's show steers that were bound for the prestigious steer show at "The Ekka" in Brisbane. Australian students are extremely lucky to have the opportunity to take a very in-depth and hands-on agriculture class in almost all schools! In many schools the agriculture class includes a "show team" of students who prepare and show steers and heifers which the school purchases or has donated to them.
We were also given the opportunity to facilitate a cattle clinic for over fifty agriculture students from three local high schools! It was a treat for us to be able to share our knowledge and Canadian ways of clipping, fitting and showmanship with the Australian agriculture students. We found there are certainly many similarities but also many differences when it comes to how cattle are prepared and shown in Australia.
The 2nd annual Manali rare Bull Sale was held at their Yarramac property, where Colin and I stayed, and saw 52 Limousin and Lim-Flex bulls go through the sale. The MacCallum family kindly donates 100% of the proceeds of the sale of choice of a Limousin or Lim-Flex bull to the Steve Waugh Foundation for children with rare diseases. This year the rare bull sold for $12,000! For more information about Manali or the Steve Waugh Foundation please visit the following websites.
We had an incredible trip, but we are also quite happy to be home with our families and preparing for our first online club calf sale this fall, a busy harvest, and big plans for beginning building of our own operation!