Alice?s wonderland of cows
By JANE GARDNER
WHILE her classmates play video games or hang around in their rooms, 12-year-old Alice Murray spends her time outdoors caring for her cows.
The Year 7 student at Woodlawn College has the unusual hobby of showing her Murray Grey cows all around the region.
Last month she won a 14-month-old heifer at the New England Murray Grey Junior Stock Show.
Her newest, and currently unnamed, cow is still a little skittish, but with the help of her grandfather, Ken, Alice is hoping to train a future champion.
"I had no idea that I was going to win," Alice said.
"But you don't do it for winning, you just have to get out there and have fun."
The annual junior stock show, which took place at Inverell, attracted 30 kids from the surrounding areas ? almost two-thirds of them girls.
And with five years of showing cows under her belt buckle, Alice had some advice for the other competitors.
"You just have to keep talking to them, and if you tell them how much you love them, they will love you back," she said.