Hughes was a farm boy at heart
THE passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes isn't only being felt on cricket pitches around the world.
North Coast farmers are remembering a young man with a passion for cattle and a vision to be a primary producer once his playing days were over.
Phillip, with the support of his father, Greg, had in recent years established the Four-O-Eight Angus Stud, a clever reference to the number on the baggy green cap he wore with pride.
He had invested heavily in industry-leading genetics and exhibited his cattle extensively across the North Coast, winning many championship ribbons with his blue-blood bulls and females.
Terry Argent, who is in charge of the Macksville High School's cattle team, remembers a young man determined to be as successful in the paddock as he was on the pitch.
"He had a good eye for cattle and proved strong competition for our school's cattle team," Terry said.
"He was an inspiration to the students, who had great admiration for him. Naturally we are all devastated at the news of his passing."
The death of Phillip Hughes is being keenly felt across the Nambucca Valley, where the young cricketer grew up, honed his game and became a cherished community hero.
A post on the council's website has extended the shire's condolences to his parents, Greg and Virginia Hughes, sister Megan and brother Jason. "We are all shocked and saddened by what has happened to Phillip. We are all very proud of Phillip's achievements and will remember him fondly as a favourite son," it read.
"Phillip enjoyed returning home to spend time on the farm with his family and was always the warm, unaffected country boy who was such a delight to be around."