NCMC Casino Beef Week - that's a wrap!
Wow, what a week that was!
We had the biggest crowds ever, with a lot of out-of-towners and visitors from as far away as Melbourne, Tasmania, and even China and Japan. Over 30,000 people attended during the 11-day festival with record numbers at the Beef Week Saturday where over 18,000 people joined in the 36th festival celebrations. VIP guests included the Governor of NSW and his wife Mrs Linda Hurley and Consul General Gu Xiaojie of China.
Beef Week Queen crowning of Madeleine Barrett
How did you get to be Beef Week Queen?
Madeleine: I never thought I would do it but someone very well respected asked me to so I applied and I don't do things halfhearted! I had an interview with the judges, then dinner with them, then networking with sponsors and VIPs, then answered questions about our local beef industry and the region on stage.
What was NCMC Casino Beef Week like for you?
Madeleine: Fantastic, really great! I got to go behind the scenes and meet lots of people such as from Council and local beef producers.
What was your favourite thing about Beef Week?
Madeleine: The fashion parade was a highlight - the male models were really funny. The parade was really fun as well. And the High Tea's inspirational speakers were really good. I loved when one said, 'We don't go up alone, we go up together.'
How would you explain Beef Week to visitors who’ve never been to the festival and region before?
Beef Week is a celebration of our local farmers and produce, and everything local such as our businesses.
Over 30 national and international delegates attended this opportunity to meet farmers and take an educational behind-the-scenes farm tour. Tourers enjoyed a guided walk around local farms, gaining firsthand knowledge of daily farming practises, an educational journey covering everything anyone could ever wanted to know about the beef industry. Two farms, nestled in the Richmond Valley in Northern NSW, about 15 minutes south east of Casino, opened their doors for Beef Week: the Lyle Family Angus Farm, a family-owned and run operation located in the tough forest country, and Mogul Brahman Stud, NSW's longest established Brahman stud, known for its innovation.
Saleyards and meat-processing facility tour
Richmond Valley Council and Northern Co-operative Meat Company (NCMC) staff took guests through an exclusive guided tour of the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange and Australia’s largest meat-processing co-operative facility. Guests experienced the thrill of a live cattle sale followed by morning tea at the saleyards. Visitors loved the the inaugural behind-the-scenes NRLX/NCMC tour with more than 35 national and international delegates attending.
There were good prices for beef farmers at Beef Week, with prices up about 20 to 30 cents a kilo, around $50 to $70 more per steer. At the moment prices for live cattle are quite low because of an oversupply of stock because of drought.
The four steer champions that won in the Hoof section on the street on Saturday were all locally bred on the Northern Rivers, competing with steers from places like Inverell, Southern QLD, and New England. Typically the led steers that won in the Hoof section didn't win the Hook section in the Hoof and Hook competition. It is rare for a steer to win both sections. Nicole Nicholls from Took-A-While Charolais in Kyogle won both the led steer and stud cattle section.
See all the results of the NCMC Casino Beef Week events here - from the Beef Week Queen to the cow-milking comp to the best beef sausages.
Thank you to our Beef Week president
Stuart George has been president of the NCMC Casino Beef Week organising committee for ten years. A huge thank to you, Stuart, from all of us for your service to the community in this way.
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Save the Date: May 18-28, 2019
On behalf of the Beef Week Committee, we thank the entire community, all our sponsors, exhibitors and visitors for your support! It was one of the biggest festivals we've ever had and we look forward to welcoming you all back again in 2019!