GALLERY: Stories of a life farming told at the cattle sale
FARMER Milton Rippingale was among the familiar faces at last week's cattle sale.
Mr Rippingale was at the sale to sell last week and recounted his first sale at a young age.
"I sold my first beast when I was 12 or 13 at McDougall and Sons behind what is now The Horse and Jockey," he said.
"I've lived in the Southern Downs shire all my life and I was raised on a dairy farm.
"I've probably done little else other than raise horses and cattle all my life."
Mr Rippingale recalled his time running brumbies in the mountains early in his career.
"I remember a big disappointment when I started running brumbies," he said.
"Thirty-five brumbies went into the yard - I counted them as they came in.
"They knocked down the person at the gate; they were gone, never to be yarded again."
Soured by his experience with brumbies, Mr Rippingale said he went to Brenda Station in Goodooga to raise piker bullocks.
"The bullocks there had been brought in at three years old some nine years ago, so there wasn't a bullock under 12 years old," he said.
Mr Rippingale was only 18 years old when he started raising bullocks and has now been at his property at Swanfels for 42 years.
From his lifelong experience, he can credibly say the market has never been better.