Young Droughtmaster breeder LarryFarquhar, Eljay stud, Rolleston, is having a blast growing out his mo as a member of the Stud Mo's team who, combined, are shining a light on men's health issues during Movember.
Larry got the call-up when Studstocksales.com CEO Struan Pearce contacted Droughtmaster Society member Jenny Underwood asking if anyone involved with the breed would be willing to join his Movember fundraising team, Stud Mo's.
"Luckily, Jenny got in contact with me asking if I'd take part, which I was absolutely stoked with," he said.
Larry said the Stud Mo's team goal is to raise both awareness and funds for the physical and mental health of Australian men.
"During difficult times like we're currently experiencing in the agricultural industry, our health can slide down the priority list.
"As soon as I learned about the exceptional team I was joining and the reasons behind it, I was very motivated to help.
"It's something I'm very passionate about as not nearly enough is being done about it."
Larry is hopeful that through Stud Mo's he can contribute in starting more conversations about men's health while gathering some much needed donations.
"We set up a team page on the Movember website where people can donate to, and we started growing our mo's from November 1. We'll be posting weekly update pictures through the month.
He said to assist with Stud Mo's fundraising efforts a timed auction will be held on the AuctionsPlus website on Wednesday, November 20.
"For the auction each team member will be donating genetics, stock, fodder or merchandise.
"All of the proceeds from the auction will be added to our team's fundraising contribution."
Larry got off to an early start with raising awareness for Stud Mo's by introducing the teams objective at the Roma Droughtmaster Bull Sale on October 25.
"We usually aim to attend as many sales and events associated with the breed as we can, so I'm doing my best to spread the good word."
He said each Stud Mo's team member has been encouraged to raise at least $500, but Larry is aiming to raise as much as possible.
"We're hoping the outstanding, proven genetics in the semen straws we'll be donating for the auction will attract some spirited bidding!"
Larry said the best way to find the Stud Mo's team online is to search studstocksales.com on Facebook which will load a direct link the teams Movember page. Alternatively, you can search for Movember Australia online and once in the site search for Larry Farquhar then follow the prompts.
"I'd like to thank Jenny Underwood for thinking of me and Struan Pearce for accepting me to join his great initiative. I hope the good people of our breed get behind the cause!