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FAC­ING PAGE, CLOCK­WISE, FROM TOP LEFT Mel and her will­ing helpers Viva, Rani, Gaby and Ga­tor. “A good truf­fle dog will only find the ripe truf­fle,” says Mel; Viva care­fully marks the spot; the Booths also run High­land and An­gus cat­tle, along with one Here­ford, at Wil­garup River Farm; Gavin shows Brin a ripe truf­fle: “Each truf­fle smells dif­fer­ent,” says Gavin. Af­ter the dog has iden­ti­fied a ripe truf­fle, it’s care­fully weighed, washed, dried and graded be­fore dis­patch; the Booths’ gar­den. “Mel and I both love to grow veg­eta­bles and spend time in the gar­den,” says Gavin.

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