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Thirty years as the mother hen

Droughtmaster Australia president Michael Flynn presenting Margaret Wilson with a memento recognising her 30 years of consistent service to the breed at the Ekka.Margaret Wilson credits being a mother of four for her ability tosuccessfully negotiate the job of shed captain for Droughtmasterteams at the Ekka for 30 years.
Nanjing Night Net

Droughtmasters Australia president Michael Flynnmade a specialpresentation to Margaret at the conclusion of judging last Thursday,which was roundly applauded.

She describes her job as an exercise in diplomacy, and it’s a path shehas obviously negotiated well.

“I’m the first port of call for people,” she said. “If there’s aproblem I’m expected to take care of it.

“I think being the mother of four helps in a role like that.I’ve seenmost things already.”

Margaret, who hails from Truvalle Droughtmaster stud at Blackbutt,also knows the ins and outs of the Royal Queensland Show well, havingshown steers and stud cattle over the years, and judging small cattlebreeds.

She fell into the shed captain role when she arrived at the beefpavilion with cattle all those years ago and found the area was “asdark as pitch”.

As well as putting up curtains to brighten things up, she found theidea provided a unifying factor for the separate teams.

As to how long she’ll keep doing it for, Margaret says she’ll keepgoing as long as she has the energy.

“You meet lots of nice people and now I’m getting to know theirchildren,” she said.

For many of the competitors, the close of competition signals thewinding down of effort, but not so Margaret.

As the leftover ribbons were being packed away, she was busy makingsure the beer and pizzas had been ordered for the after-party.

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