Every 3 years Rockhampton springs to life with the largest display in the Southern Hemisphere of everything Beef from the over 1,400 Stud Cattle entries to the hundreds of youths competing in the junior events to the miles of displays of cattle related equipment.
The event just grows every time and is a great credit to Russell Hughes and the Stud Cattle Committee with Margaret Olive along with her staff doing an excellent job in organising of 300 stud exhibitors. This year saw all the lead cattle come together and being housed in 4 large marquees (each being approx. 150m long x 30 m wide) capable of housing 500 head each bought all the way from Victoria and erected for the event. The Square Meaters breed was represented with 5 studs participating thanks to Chelna Square Meaters, Dakabin State High School, Sunset Park Square Meaters, Vesco Square Meaters and Oakvale Square Meaters with 15 head plus calves doing the breed proud.
A big thank you also to all the Square Meaters supporters for travelling to Rockhampton to be there on judging day and to those who followed on social media. The Square Meaters display at BEEF along with advertising in the Qld Country Life and their affiliated outlets was only made possible through the generous support of the Qld Breeders Group new corporate sponsor in Sheriff Electrical, Eric & Marlene Ross from Rosellinos Square Meaters, Michelle and Troy Anstis from Clearwater Square Meaters, The Square Meaters Cattle Association of Australia and the trophy donors for the event . To Wendy Dukes, Doug Gillies and Justin Quilligan for a hand with the stewarding on judging day and Matt Brumley for his photography, thank you! It was great to see Erin & Doug Wilcock who travelled from the other side of the country to offer their support.
There are those whom say it is tropical breed country, which it is, but the benefit to any breed whom exhibits at BEEF last for years and the exposure is 2nd to none.