Gallery: Mur’bah Show back with bang
THE annual Tweed River Agricultural Society’s Murwillumbah Show was a huge successes with farmers and punters alike.
The volunteer-run two-day event saw thousands through the gate, although no official count was taken.
Hundreds of ribbons were awarded to livestock and produce from the region, and the event culminated in a fireworks spectacular on Saturday night.
Tweed Agricultural Society president Allan Campbell, of Campbell’s Produce in Dungay, said the pavillion had a record number of entries from Tweed schools, and many businesses had supported the show by hiring trade space.
“The show went really well; everyone was happy with it,” he said.
Chief steward for commercial beef Alan Boyd said about 80 cattle were entered into this year’s event, but it was the vealers which stole the show.
“Tweed has the best vealer-raising country in the Northern Rivers region,” Mr Boyd said.
“Producers have done the right thing with their lands. They’ve used the right fertilisers and used the right bulls, and the rainfall has allowed cows to do well.”
He said farmers were buoyed by record beef cattle prices.
“This time last year we were lucky to be getting $3 per kilo at dress weight. Now they’re $5.30 per kilo.
“It was great to see all those same vendors from last year get through the tough times.”
Farmers were impressed with the spectator turnout to the cattle exhibits and trots – last year there were five events and this year 13 events were on offer.
“The shows went through a period there where they lost a bit of spectator input, but our show is making a comeback,” Mr Boyd said.