Jayde and Ben Chandler from Barcaldine.
Jayde and Ben Chandler from Barcaldine. Toni Somes

Barcy show hosts beef industry forum

THE Barcaldine Show has earned its reputation as being a good family fun event and this year will not disappoint.

The show is on May 6 to 7 and this year marks its 94th annual show and President of the show committee Ben Chandler said this year's show will meet expectations.

"The major drawcard is Western Queensland Beef Forum, it is a panel discussion featuring leaders in the industry looking very broadly at the next 10 years in the beef industry," Mr Chandler said.

"I strongly recommend to everyone interested in the cattle industry to attend the forum."

The forum is on Friday, May 6, and is held in conjunction with the prime cattle section, with dinner and a bar available and entry is free.

"Barcaldine is very lucky, we've enjoyed fantastic support from all areas of the show despite current economic and climatic downturn," Mr Chandler said.

"It has always boasted great support in all exhibitions, the sheep, cattle, poultry and wool."

Also well supported and very popular is the Stockman's Challenge, Mr Chandler said, which displays horse handling and horsemanship, which will run throughout the weekend.

"We are proud to present the Big Top Entertainment with air acrobat tricks," he said.

"It's perfect for families of all aspects from kids through to adults.

"Noah's racing pigs will be there with a Calcutta running in the evening."

The show is organised to run Mother's Day weekend and Mr Chandler promised there would plenty to keep mum amused and spoilt with over the two days before treating her to breakfast in bed on Sunday.

"We sell it as a great family day out and the committee is conscious of making it appealing to all aspects of family," Mr Chandler said.

"We are proud of the show we put on. It is important for people to come to town and enjoy a family orientated evening."


THE major drawcard for this year's Barcaldine Show is the Beef Industry Forum, held in conjunction with their Prime Cattle Section at the Barcaldine Sale Yards.

The panel discussion is aimed at identifying the direction in which the Australian Beef industry is heading over the next 10 years.

Emphasis will be placed on the opportunities and strengths of the industry which can be built on, together with outlining potential threats and current weaknesses the industry suffers.

Five nationally selected panellists and industry leaders have been attracted to Barcaldine to give insight within their specific fields.

The inaugural Beef Industry Forum was created following rejuvenated interest in beef cattle over the past 12 months, significant increase in prices and an up-tick in international involvement within property and meat markets.

The forum provides the space to listen to industry leaders discuss the direction that these influences will take the industry.

The panel includes organic beef producer Russell Pearson, Bull Creek McKinlay Phin Ziebel, senior analyst at NAB Melbourne and feedlotter Brett Campbell, Mort & Co livestock manager Kurt Wockner, Oakey Beef livestock manager and Ruralco national manager Andrew Adcock as the rural property specialist.

Longreach ABC Rural reporter Amy Phillips will host the evening, directing discussion from the panel and will also promote interaction from the crowd.

The event will be at the Barcaldine Sale Yards on the Friday, May 6, from 6pm where dinner and a bar will be operating. Entry is free.

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