EARLY ARRIVALS: Joe the steer, led by Robert Haigh, was among the first cattle in town for Beef Week.
EARLY ARRIVALS: Joe the steer, led by Robert Haigh, was among the first cattle in town for Beef Week.

Joe strolls in for Beef Week

ALMOST 2500 head of cattle and 65,000 people will go though the gates of Rockhampton's Showground for the Beef Week celebrations next week.

Young Robert Haigh arrived yesterday from Proston, west of Maryborough, with his prized steer Joe.

Robert will compete in the junior handler's event after winning at shows at Proston.

He and his family were joined by friend Nichole Holt and her family from nearby Booubyjan and their four bulls and steers.

Nichole has 50 head of cattle on their 500-hectare property.

She said they brought their best cattle to be led around by her son who is also competing in the handler's event.

“My son has been leading cattle around since he was two,” she said.

“We are going to be camping for the week, the kids love it.”

Beef Australia media and marketing co-ordinator Jo Rodney said the bulk of the cattle would be paraded though the centre ring with owners showing off their livestock to other owners.

She said exhibitors would be coming from Western Australia, with many visitors from “every state and territory as well as international guests”.

“Twenty-five countries will be represented at this stage and 150 families showing their cattle will be camping on the oval behind the Leagues Club,” she said.



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