Livestock

Five-year-old 'stockman' gets the job done

JUNIOR STOCKMAN: Declan Campbell, 5, from Wongavale, Inglewood, was in the Rose City for the weekly sheep sale with his uncle Matthew Campbell.
JUNIOR STOCKMAN: Declan Campbell, 5, from Wongavale, Inglewood, was in the Rose City for the weekly sheep sale with his uncle Matthew Campbell. Toni Somes

HE MIGHT be young, but don't underestimate Declan Campbell, the five-year-old Inglewood "stockman" knows exactly what he is doing in the yards.

"I am working for Uncle Matthew," he explained when the Bush Tele caught up with him for a chat at Warwick sheep sale.

"We brought down 16 lambs to sell. My dad thought we'd only loaded 15, but we snuck another one on.

"I had to help put the tags on."

The pen of Dorper cross suckers averaged 41.5kg and sold for $78 at the second last sale for 2012, which boasted a yarding of more than 1600 head.

When asked whether he got a cut of the earnings for his work in the yards the little school boy shook his head.

"No I don't think so."

What about wages?

"No, but we did go to McDonald's when we got to Warwick," Declan said.

His dad Glenn and his uncle Matthew run a family grazing operation on 12,200ha (30,000ac) spread over two properties, Stafford, on the eastern side of Inglewood and Wongavale to the north.

"We are mainly cattle, Senepol cross, so the sheep are sort of a sideline," Glenn explained.

"Seasonwise things are reasonable for us, but we would like to see rain in the next few weeks.

"It was probably one of the driest springs we have known and we've been around Inglewood for more than 20 years.

"But the good thing is the cattle are holding condition so we are in an alright position."

He said the Dorper cross suckers he sold through Warwick were finished on pasture and he although he thought the market was "okay" he's known it to be better.

But like his nephew he wasn't about to start complaining.

After all, as Declan explained, Santa Claus was coming and school holidays had started.

"I'm on Stafford and I'll be staying home this Christmas to keep an eye on things," Glenn said.

While his pint-size offsider explained he was heading to Redcliffe to spend some time with his Nanna.

Topics:  livestock, markets, sales, sheep, stockman




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