Pictorial coverage of the steers that have helped Wagga charities

WHEN it comes to preparing charity steers for market, and to raise funds for a good cause, Wagga's John Rodd simply takes it in his stride.

Yet the impact these steers have on charities in this region is far reaching. And relationships with supporters such as Wagga RSL, and local cattle breeders has been long lasting.

We take a look back at the pictorial coverage featuring some of the numerous charity steers he has prepared over the years.

Mr Rodd and his daughters are known for their long involvement with Wagga RSL in preparing steers for the Willans Hill School and other Wagga-based charities.

In fact, when the Murray Grey steer known as Rodney, bred by Ted and Georgette Keen, goes under the hammer at Wagga on Monday that will be the 14th RSL charity steer.

Yet Mr Rodd said he had almost lost count of all the ones he and his daughters had prepared over the years.

They have been known to pair up with Relay for Life, Country Hope and have prepared steers to raise money for vital mental health programs in this region.

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By preparing the steers, and breaking them in to lead, children from Willans Hill have been able to gain an insight into the industry and safely interact with the animals in the cattle yards.

Aside from raising much-needed funds these steers have provided vision into the rural industry and allowed children to make their way from the classroom to the cattle yards at Mr and Mrs Keen's property at Gregadoo.