Feedlot women join together

FUN GROUP: Ready for a big year are WOLF board members (from left) Georgia Sloss, Emily Pollock, Margaret Harrison, Janeta Falknau and Amanda Moohen.
FUN GROUP: Ready for a big year are WOLF board members (from left) Georgia Sloss, Emily Pollock, Margaret Harrison, Janeta Falknau and Amanda Moohen. Contributed

WHEN you think of the workers who keep feedlots running, it's probably more likely you would envision an old stocky in an Akubra than a young and ambitious career woman.

It's an outdated stereotype that Women of Lot Feeding (WOLF) is set to change.

Group member Margaret Harrison said WOLF came about after Amanda Moohen won a place in the Graeme Acton Beef Connections program. Ms Moohen needed to create a project as part of her placement, so she got in touch with Janeta Falknau of Kerwee Feedlot, who thought it was a fantastic idea to create a networking group for women involved in the feedlotting industry.

"It's very much a networking group, but it's also about social support," Mrs Harrison said.

"They also know things like maternity leave are a problem within the industry, so we're working with human resources people to develop policies around things like that.

"We would also like to set up a mentoring program, but that will take money to do.

"WOLF also educates people about what feedlots are all about because it's always the bad news stories you hear."

She said it was a common misconception among city people that feedlots were terrible places, despite cattle having access to feed, water, shade and medical care.

The group holds a range of fundraisers and networking events throughout the year and Mrs Harrison said the next event promised a lot of fun. WOLF and the Bowenville Hotel have teamed up for a Beef and Bacon day featuring pig races, a ute and motorbike muster, live music and, of course, all the beef and bacon burgers you can fit in.

Mrs Harrison said the event would kick off at 11am with the ute show, followed by a beef and bacon barbecue at lunch time and a nine-race card featuring the fastest little pigs around.

"Kerwee Feedlot is donating the beef for the day, so now all we need is a bakery to supply the bread," she said.

"All of the food proceeds are going to RACQ LifeFlight, then the pig races start at 3pm.

"Businesses can sponsor the races and we've got one sponsorship vacancy left, and there is an auction as well.

"People can also pay $100 for a pig and half of the entry fees go to prize money, so if there were six pigs in a race you would take home $300.

"I think it's better odds than horse racing."

She said the new partnership came about thanks to WOLF's regular meetings at the popular country pub. Mrs Harrison said the service was vital in times of rural emergencies, like when her friend Jenny was trampled by cattle.

"Jenny shouldn't be here with us today," she said.

"The beef stomped all over her and she had broken ribs, a punctured sternum and breaks.

"When she told me her injuries I couldn't believe she was still here. "The ambos took her to Dalby and she was flown straight to Brisbane."

The Beef and Bacon Day will be on from 11am on January 28 at the Bowenville Hotel.

To find out more or sponsor a race call 4663 7200 or find the group on Facebook.

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