KIDS love the animals at the weekly pig and calf sale, but one young mum is just as excited about the livestock on offer.

Samantha Foster was at yesterday's sale with son Max in tow, looking for calves and lambs to hand-raise.

"We have a small area at our house where we keep the baby animals and then three 30 to 40-acre (12ha-16ha) lots that we lease from other people," Ms Foster said.

"I've only been right into hobby farming and doing this for about four years but I've grown up with cattle.

"I come from Coffs Harbour originally and relatives around there all had cattle."

Since she has been frequenting the Warwick sales, Ms Foster said the market was kinder to the buyer for sourcing some animals than others.

"I've come to these sales for the last three weeks - you always have the dairy bull calves but not many beef calves are around," she said.

"All year round it's been a pretty good season but lambs are harder to come by as well.

"Prices are up for sheep so people are saying the some producers are keeping and raising the lambs because it's worth it."

Despite having two young children, Ms Foster said she enjoyed her hobby of hand rearing and hopes to expand in years to come.

"I have three calves at the moment, and I prefer to raise them because you can breed with the heifers and get as much as $600 to $700 for weaner calves," she said.

"It's just something I love doing and I'm hoping in a couple of years I can buy my own property to do more of the hand raising."



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