Why Mango is a reg­u­lar at his lo­cal cat­tle sales

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY - Cas­san­dra Glover Cas­san­[email protected]­ral­weekly.com.au

MANY know his face, but not many would know his name.

Den­nis Green is more com­monly known as Mango around his home­town of Grafton.

An ac­tive mem­ber in the com­mu­nity, he makes sure he is at the sa­le­yards rain, hail or shine.

“I don’t sell cat­tle ev­ery week but I’m al­ways there. I’ll al­ways go, that’s my day off,” Mr Green said.

“I might pick up a cou­ple of head or some­thing.

“You’ve got to be there to see what’s go­ing on.”

Mr Green runs charo­lais and an­gus cat­tle on his prop­erty just west of South Grafton.

“I like the an­gus be­cause when I sit at the sale I watch the prices for the veal­ers come through. They’re al­ways at the top, and the charo­lais are next I reckon. The charo­lais grow into big­ger bul­locks,” he said

“You’ve gotta have what the peo­ple want to buy, what they’ll pay the most money for.

“I rear veal­ers. And when the price isn’t real good on veal­ers I grow them out and keep them for bul­locks.”

Mr Green was born and raised in the Grafton area, orig­i­nally work­ing as a black­smith.

“I was a black­smith all my life. My grand­fa­ther and fa­ther were black­smiths,” he said.

“But I al­ways had cat­tle since I was a kid. We had dairy cat­tle as well and I was reared on a farm. I’ve al­ways had some cat­tle and been around blokes who have a lot of cat­tle.

“I’ve been re­tired from black­smithing for 10 years. I’m just do­ing what I do now. I go around fix­ing troughs. You’ve got to keep an eye on them, wa­ter is so dear now.”

Mr Green is well known around the town for his in­volve­ment in the com­mu­nity.

“I’m in­volved in the pony club here. They’ve got steers and I’ve gotta look af­ter them,” he said.

“I’ve been on a lot of dif­fer­ent com­mit­tees and things over the time. That’s why nearly ev­ery­one in the town knows me. And if they don’t know me they’ve heard of me.”

Mr Green said he ac­quired the nick­name ‘Mango’ when he was play­ing foot­ball as a teenager. It has stuck since he was 16 years old.

“When I was a young fella I used to eat a lot of man­goes,” he said.

“So they used to call me that and it’s stuck with me ever since.

“My proper name, not many peo­ple know it, other than my wife!”

He said the sea­son in Grafton had been noth­ing to com­plain about.

“We’re a lot bet­ter off than those fel­las out west,” he said.

“We haven’t had a real bad drought for a lot of years here. We got 60mm here about two weeks ago.

“Up un­til then it was start­ing to get a bit dry. But we al­ways seem to get a bit when we need it.

“But it needs to go fur­ther west to make the cat­tle prices re­ally good.”


FRIENDLY FACE: Den­nis Green is bet­ter known as Mango in the Grafton com­mu­nity.

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