STRENGTH: Farmers proudly show stud and led steer at the Ekka despite being in the fourth year of drought.
STRENGTH: Farmers proudly show stud and led steer at the Ekka despite being in the fourth year of drought. Samantha Wantling

Hope for that black-lined cloud

SHE'LL be right mate...it's a term all too often heard in the Australian vocabulary. But what happens when it's not all right, when the world just seems to be closing in around you.

Such is the current plight of thousands of Australian farmers. Drought has wrapped a tight fist around the hard-working families in our rural communities and it doesn't seem like it will be releasing its grip any time soon.

This week some of those farmers received a tiny break from their reality, from their everyday stresses, from the banks, the land and the weather (I did say a tiny break).

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the third day of the 2018 Royal Queensland Show stud beef and led steer judging in Brisbane.

RESILIENCE: Cattle lined up before they are shown.
RESILIENCE: Cattle lined up before they are shown. Samantha Wantling

Some of these farmers are facing their fourth year of record drought and here they are putting on a show in front of all the country and what a show it was.

This was their chance to shine, to showcase why these people and the generations before them have lived their lives with a strong sense of tradition, adaptability and resilience. Perseverance is a big part of this week for the families and these people have it in droves.

It was a humbling day talking to so many of these people. It is easy to get bogged down in the day-to- day lives we lead. There are days when my life is a never- ending revolving door of problems and, boy when those days occur (usually on a very regular occurrence), my husband is normally the poor soul who must deal with my wrath.

SHE'LL BE RIGHT: Cattle farmers impress at the Ekka.
SHE'LL BE RIGHT: Cattle farmers impress at the Ekka. Samantha Wantling

Somehow yesterday put it all into perspective for me. Suddenly I realised just how lucky we are as a nation to have been born on the back of these amazing people.

There is no doubt these farmers need our help and we should be offering it by the truckload and in any manner required.

I pray their suffering is short-lived and they are simply OK and there is a black-lined cloud on the horizon very soon.

I look forward to the day when we can say and mean "she'll be right, mate”.

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