$1500 on offer in Blackbutt Show cattle classes
ONE of the biggest steer competitions in the state will return to the South Burnett at this year's Blackbutt Show.
The Blackbutt Show will present a range of agriculture-focused activities, on Saturday, May 18, including a new section.
Cattle section chief steward, Glen Argent, said organisers had introduced an inter-school led steer competition this year.
"We're trying to promote the schools into having led steers, which has a trophy that the schools get to keep,” Mr Argent said.
He said there would also be $900 prizemoney for the lightweight and middle-weight classes, sponsored by himself and wife Diane on behalf of their Wattle Creek Limousin business.
"We then go into the open led steer competition, which attracts trophies and prizemoney over $6000 and trophies from other sponsors,” he said.
Mr Argent said the highly sought-after prizes helped establish the Blackbutt Show's competition.
"We're one of the bigger led steer comps in the state, with $1500 in prizes in three different classes such as lightweight, medium weight and heavy weight,” he said.
With such lavish prizemoney up for grabs, Mr Argent wanted to take a moment to thank the people who had sponsored the events despite harsh weather conditions causing financial strain.
"I'm very excited to hold something to this scale, and we've done a lot of driving around to get sponsorship for this year, but it has been hard and so we do want to thank the sponsors,” he said.
"We know that because of the drought, and of course the floods in northwestern Queensland, it has been difficult for everyone and a lot of the companies don't have the money that they normally would.
"We are proud and thankful that they're still making a big effort to support a small show like Blackbutt.”