Agricultural event showcases best in the region
Hundreds of people gathered at the Hoch and Wilkinson 6th annual Clermont Beef Expo and Trade Display last Wednesday to see some of the Isaac region’s best stock on show.
Held at the Clermont Saleyards, the event featured a presentation of 1,200 head of prime and store cattle, 50 trade displays and an informative and engaging forum session with the intriguing title Cowboys and Itchy Bums.
The local Country Women’s Association kicked off the day’s events with a hearty buffet breakfast, raising $1,300 for the Queensland Drought Appeal.
Ironically, muddy puddles dotting the Showground precinct after heavy rainfall the evening prior made for a welcome change and did nothing to dampen cattle sales or the spirits of those in attendance.
Councillor Lyn Jones, who attended the event on behalf of Council, was honoured to present the Isaac Regional Council Trophy and $5,000 prize to the Grand Champion Exhibit winners.
“Congratulations to the Finger family from Hillview who took out the grand prize for a third consecutive year with their impressive 100-day grain fed bullocks,” said Cr Jones
“The finest of cattle were certainly on show at the Expo and an increase in the number of trade displays showcased at the event was encouraging to see.
“Council was proud to support the Clermont Beef Expo and Trade Display once again this year and I would like to thank the organisers, graziers and exhibitors for another successful and enjoyable event.”
The lively lunchtime forum session was led by Clermont’s vet Dr Alan Guilfoyle, general practitioner
Dr Sarah McLay and Sunshine Coast-based public health vet Dr Guy Weerasinghe, speaking on the risks of transmittable diseases between animals and humans.
Mayor Baker said the significant agricultural event was an important date on the community’s calendar with agriculture playing a vital part in Isaac’s economy.
“The beef industry is valued at around $212 million annually with the agriculture sector directly employing 5.4% of the Isaac region’s workforce,” Mayor Baker said.
“Council is incredibly proud to have sponsored the Clermont Beef Expo and Trade Display through the Isaac Community Grants program.”
The next sale at the Clermont Saleyards will take place on Wednesday, November 14.
For a full list of sale dates visit www.isaac.qld.gov.au/saleyards or call Council’s 24/7 Customer Service Centre on 1300 472 227.
A selection of images are available for download via dropbox: www.dropbox.com/sh/e58vyqnhmluugo3/AACLrvnKMlslGybJWPIsbCHca?dl=0
Image 1 – Ashleigh Fairbrother working the backyards at the Clermont Beef Expo sale.
Image 2 – Braith Daley gives the expo a big thumps up.
Image 3 – Hoch and Wilkinson’s event coordinator Jake Passfield wife Courtney and twins Lane & Kelsie, enjoying their first Clermont Beef Expo.
Image 4 – Chris Norris, Allan Parker and Tony Olsen were all smiles about the rainfall overnight.
Image 5 - Councillor Lyn Jones presents the Grand Champion Exhibit to the Finger Family from Hillview.
Image 6 - Winners of the Champion Pen of Trade Steers Grass Fed are Doug and Amanda Burnett from Bendemeer, Clermont.
Image 7 –Scott, Nicole and Frank Finger from Hillview with their prize winning pen of steers.
Image 8 - Cowboys and Itchy Bums forum guest speakers Dr Guy Weerasinghe, Dr Sarah McLay & Dr Alan Guilfoyle.
Image 9 - Graeme and Kerry Garside with daughter Meg in the trade display pavillion.
Image 10 – Clermont Vet Dr Alana Guilfoyle with Ashleigh Fairbrother.
7 November 2018