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v. 17 issue 23
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Also in the show yards were about 80 local cattle, not as many as in the last couple of years, vying for ribbons. Brendan Wade, Regional Livestock Manager for Landmark in Queensland and NSW, praises these local cattle: You can see people have spent a lot of time and effort on them. They have a good temperament, they show good breed characteristics, they are generally a pretty high standard. And about the stud bull offering at the show Mr Wade says: Breeders are producing a specific article that suits the graziers in this area. They are repeat vendors. They come to the show every year. Mr Cunningham says the bulls offered included white-faced Herefords, black Angus, Charolais and 60 Santa Gertrudis the latter all sold at a separate sale in the Department of Primary Production yards. Mr Cunningham says: This is a very good year, shaping up like the early 1970s when we got 30 inches [of rain]. Its the best season in 10 years. This years rains on the eastern side of the highway in January and February were so heavy that people are only just getting around now. Its fantastic. On the downside, substantial numbers of Top End cattle which were previously shipped live to Indonesia will now be diverted to southern and eastern markets. This follows an import ban by Indonesia of cattle weighing more than 350 kilograms. Mr Wade thinks green cattle which free range in The Centres bush rather than being raised in feed lots will see growing demand from the public. "Consumers are becoming very conscious where our food is coming from, he says. Keeping that community feeling. By ERWIN CHLANDA. Does the Alice Show need a facelift? Two stalwarts, Sue Ride (horticulture steward) and Geoff Miers (agriculture) say their domains are fine the way they are. Thats despite Mr Miers having to cajole people to enter exhibits, and Mrs Ride admitting her entries are down, too. The week before the show we were well down on numbers, says Mr Miers. He went on the ABC to stir up interest and numbers increased by more than 100% but off a very low base, as he admits. In the end there were 200 entires but that still left a lot of space on the erstwhile full exhibition shelves. People get a kick out of the way the show is presented and the way the agriculture section is done. I do think at times we need to reflect a little bit. There is now a focus on collections, with several people contributing, and some of our best entries are now in that section with five categories. Should the show remain a very traditional, old-style show? I was reflecting on it this morning and I think it is still old-fashioned and it has that sense of community. I would hate to see that disappear. I wish that more of the community were involved, but the success in this hall, for example, with horticulture, the crafts, the arts, the cooking, photography it all revolves around community, and thats a very important part of the show. Mrs Ride is on the same wavelength as Mr Miers: Our entries are down but we have some excellent entries and that made it a good section. The show has followed this format for decades. Is it time for a change? I think it probably is and I think the committee is looking at change. Over the last couple of years there have been some major changes, but I still think horticulture, agriculture are traditional things in a show and I think they should stay. Todd Mall hawkers: Council concessions? By KIERAN FINNANE.
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