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TAS Country : November 18th 2010
mber 19, 2010 17 SHOW GIRL: Twelve-year-old Maddison is keeping the show dream alive. Moogara emorial Hall has not seen a dance for some time. ''We're only small-time, we've only got 32 registered cattle between us [Neville and his son Nick], and 10 heifer calves -- and that's just about how we want to stay,'' he said. Neville is always working -- on his farm or at his ''day job'' -- and is constantly on his feet. ''He never knows when to stop,'' Joan said. ''He's always been like that, just won't sit still and relax.'' Neville does work culling wallabies on pine plantations. He said wallabies had also become a rampant problem in the Moogara area. ''We've got a fair problem with wallabies, actually being parked here in this forestry zone,'' Neville said. ''It's just a constant thing. We try to cull them, but it makes little difference unless you're full-time on it.'' He also sells a few swedes ''here and there'', mostly for a few repeat customers who always ask for them. The Fentons allowed for 40.4ha of their property to be leased to Forest Enterprises Australia over 20 years for a pine plantation. The family has been paid for the lands use for the first eight years ($10,000 per year), but has received no payment this year. And since the Forest Enterprises Australia collapse, they are not sure when they will see another payment. ''There's a piece down the bottom end of the property which wasn't suitable for what we were doing, and we leased that for 20 years,'' Neville said. ''But in the meantime, FEA has fallen over, so we don't know where we are with that at the moment.'' Despite some recent setbacks, the Fentons plan to keep the business alive and well. The show legacy is set to continue, with Neville's son Nick, 31, and Neville's granddaughter, Maddison, 12, now entering the family business. Nick and Maddison have their own studs and Joan said she was thrilled that the family business was being passed down. ''I would like to see them all [other members of the Fenton Family] involved, but Maddison and Nick are the only ones that have really taken interest,'' Joan said. Maddison's love of the business, and her explanation for it, is very simple. ''I just love 'em [the cows],'' Maddison said. ''They're fun to breed.'' Neville said she was already well versed in the art of cattle breeding. ''She actually gets in now, and she can rope 'em and break 'em in to show standard,'' he said. ''She went in the junior judging this year, and won that in Hobart.'' And with that level of enthusiasm it's no wonder Neville said much of their motivation to continue showing came from the eager Maddison. ''Now Maddison has come along, and she nags the back end out of us. 'Come on, we'll break some heifers in,' she'll say, and that's probably our major motivation,'' he said.
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