30 year low for Warwick Show prime cattle numbers
IT HAS been a devastating lead up to the Warwick Show for Bill Gross who said prime cattle numbers are "fairly well down.”
With the Warwick Show only a week away, the chairman of the Prime Cattle and Lamb Committee said it's the worst head count in more than 30 years.
"It's been hard,” Mr Gross said.
"Families that have been coming to the show for decades haven't been able to get involved this year because of the drought.
"They don't have the cattle and there is nothing they can do about it.
"It's really upsetting.”
His disappointment comes as the Southern Downs continues to battle extreme drought conditions that have heavily impacted residents across the region.
Although Mr Gross said he is finding it difficult to persevere, he promises come hell or high water, the show will go on.
"We can't stop just because there is a drought,” Mr Gross said.
"I have to try and keep things moving.
"Come to the show, have a few beers, see what's going on and crack a smile - that's why I do it.”
Avid on setting an example for other drought affected residents, Mr Gross said it's important to "make the best of what we've got.”
"If anything, it's important to push on to make sure we can get the youngsters involved,” he said.
"We love watching them present great cattle that they're proud of.”
A new set of prime cattle yards that are currently being worked on will be making their debut next weekend at the Warwick Show.
Judging for the prime cattle will begin at 9am on Friday March 22 at the Warwick Showgrounds.