MANY will feel the empty space left by an iconic part of the Emerald Show landscape missing in action this year.
The prime cattle section will not run at the 2011 Emerald Show, with organisers being forced to cancel the event due to poor numbers.
“Regrettably due to a lack of numbers, it would be impractical to conduct a prime cattle section at this year’s Emerald Show and as a result it will not be held this year,” Emerald Landmark branch manager Mathew Beard said.
“The fact is, cattle prices were so good before Easter that many graziers committed a lot of their stock while the money was good.
“There simply is not enough cattle of a good enough quality for this year’s event.”
Mr Beard said Landmark was committed to revising the program to create a more professional show that ensured the prime cxattle section returned bigger and stronger at future events.
He admitted that head numbers had been dwindling at the Emerald Show in recent times.
But said the same situation did not correlate into the regular weekly cattle sales held in town.
“We have had fairly steady and good numbers at the regular sales,” he said.
“Currently we have a lot of out of town cattle coming through and that is keeping the numbers up.
“With all the tick outbreaks, many out of town graziers are unable to take their cattle to their normal market, and Emerald is proving to be the closest they can come to.”
Mr Beard said organisers would be giving every effort to revitalise and rev up interest in future Emerald Show prime cattle sections.
“It definitely is an iconic part of the show and it is a sad thing that we have been forced to cancel it,” he said.
“But at the end of the day, if the money is good, we can’t exactly hold a gun to someone’s head and tell them not to sell their cattle.”
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