Commercial cattle rebirth at Rocky Show

After a long break commercial cattle are returning to the Rockhampton Show


Markets
Cr Ellen Smith, Netty Wendt, Ray White Rural, Ben Geddes, commercial cattle sub-committee, Sir Graham McCamley, Georgie Connor, SBB, Rod Green, Damien Freney, SBB, and Robert Lang have played a part in putting the commercial cattle show together.

Cr Ellen Smith, Netty Wendt, Ray White Rural, Ben Geddes, commercial cattle sub-committee, Sir Graham McCamley, Georgie Connor, SBB, Rod Green, Damien Freney, SBB, and Robert Lang have played a part in putting the commercial cattle show together.

Aa

Seventeen years ago commercial cattle were last displayed at the Rockhampton Show, which adopted a more entertainment driven agenda over agriculture. But things are changing.

Aa

Commercial cattle will be an integral element of an agricultural rebirth at Rockhampton's annual show after a 17 year absence.

For various reasons, producers stopped displaying commercial cattle at the show in 2002 but a determined push to relive the heady days of the 1970s-1990s has fueled a dramatic U-turn.

Last October, Rockhampton Regional Council formed a new show committee to drive change, collaborating with the Rockhampton Cattle Club and commercial cattle producers over the past eight months.

Ben Geddes, the chairman of the commercial cattle sub-committee, said it was "extremely important" to lure country people back to the show.

"We want it to be great again just as it was in the 70s , 80s and 90s," Mr Geddes said.

"We have had a lot of work to do in a short amount of time to attract cattle. The idea to reintroduce commercial cattle only came about late last year and our committee was only really formed at the beginning of this year when we got started on planning.

"To try to reorganise this event and get word out to producers to get cattle here this year has been a large task.

"It's a premium event and we're encouraging anyone to bring cattle. There are 14 different classes and we've spoken to a lot of big processors to help set the parameters of what they would expect to see for premium carcase.

"The classes have been designed around that so we will have commercial cattle comprising steers, bullocks, heifers or cows which are all high quality and meet those conditions here for display.

"They will be judged and then go to auction at the end of it."

Councillor Ellen Smith said returning to the past was positive step.

"We're heading in the right direction by trying to involve rural people more. In recent times more energy has been put into entertainment and I remember one year Jimmy Barnes sang.

"There is a place for that but going back more to our agricultural roots is the way. After all we are in the beef cattle capital of the nation."

Sir Graham McCamley is putting his money on a successful show.

Sir Graham McCamley is putting his money on a successful show.

Sir Graham McCamley is putting his money on a successful show.

Sir Graham McCamley, knighted in 1986 for outstanding contributions to the beef industry, is so happy with the return of the commercial cattle sector, he has donated two steers for auction and provided prizemoney for the best display.

"I want the proceeds to go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Wellness Out West campaign. We need to improve health services in the bush and stop people on the land committing suicide," Sir Graham said.

The story Commercial cattle rebirth at Rocky Show first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

Aa

From the front page

Sponsored by