No beef between Bacon brothers
WORKING together as they washed, shampooed and brushed down their cattle, there was no beef between Freestone brothers Riley and Lachlan Bacon... at least not until they get into the show ring.
Tending to nine spectacular Hereford beasts, Riley (10) and Lachlan (13) Bacon helped one another prepare to step into the arena at the Warwick Show this morning.
But when it comes down to business there will be "no friends in the ring" according to family friend Scott Bartley.
"Oh, yeah, they're competitive!" Mr Bartley said.
Born and reared around cattle, Mr Bartley said the Bacon brothers were "rural all the way around".
"These guys they are full steam ahead cattlemen of the future," Mr Bartley said.
"The hours they put in to these cattle is unbelievable."
After a big win at Inglewood Show last weekend Riley was feeling pretty confident, but he said there were still some butterflies spurring him on.
"I do get a bit nervous when I'm showing them them because I am worried they might take off."
But a lot of preparation has gone into making sure the cattle were primed for the day.
From leading, roping and breaking them in to grooming and feeding, the two brothers have raised nine well-mannered beasts.
Together, they get the work done.
"My older brother taught me to look after cattle and we've been to some cattle camps to improve your skills," Riley said.
The two boys were looking forward to competing in the stud cattle junior judging and the stud cattle young paraders competition this afternoon.
"It feels pretty good when you get champion," Lachlan said.
With a long (and dusty) future ahead of them, Mr Bartley said the world could expect big things from the Bacon boys.
"They're right in amongst it," he said.
"Once they hit 16 and they will be well and blooming truly. They use a lot of initiative."