Opinion: The chances you don't take may be the ones you will regret the most
It was fascinating when I recently talked to a number of female mart managers.
One thing I didn't realise is the long hours involved. One spoke of working 70 hour weeks at certain times while, one recent Sunday morning another was lying in bed talking to a farmer on the phone about the price of lambs.
They also reaffirmed just how important marts are - not just to farmers - but the broader rural social landscape.
While handling livestock is central to the business, the handling of people is perhaps a bigger part. This is something that women tend to be good at.
Selling and, to a lesser extent, buying, stock is an anxious time so skilful handling of those concerned is often required.
Inevitably, the question of whether it is harder for a woman to work in such a male dominated world had to be asked. Along the road, they have all been tested. Once they were not found wanting, it seems they were "just let get on with it" and all used some version of this phrase.
In my twenties, there was a time when I couldn't get a job so was doing a bit of farming at home.
One of my tasks was to sell lambs in the mart. We had a single axle single horsebox, which is not easy to reverse. The first few times I went to back up the unloading bay, a bit of an audience gathered. But, once they saw I could do it, they just let me get on with it.