Mount Gambier to host national cattle show

HIGHLANDS COMING TO MOUNT GAMBIER: Pictured is Hespera McSwain, 2021 Australian Highland Cattle Society Champion Junior Handler with Bobbie Geal the 2nd of Dun Airchill, Tasmania. Handlers will be judged on the Saturday of the show, June 11. Photo supplied.

MOUNT Gambier has been chosen to host the Australian Highland Cattle Society’s annual show for the first time.

The national show will be held from June 10 to 12, coming back after a three-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event will bring interstate visitors to the Mount Gambier Showgrounds, with every state and territory expected to be represented.

It will be the show’s 30th anniversary and will include cattle on display, workshops, meet and great, social events, market stalls as well as the usual cattle, handler competitions and a fancy-dress competition.

Performances by the Mount Gambier Blue Lake Highland Pipe Band and the Bell Studio of Highland Dance will help showcase local talent for those visiting.

Show convenor Scott Carter said around 1500 people were expected to attend the event.

“It is not our biggest show, I think numbers have been affected a little bit due to Covid and fuel prices,” Mr Carter said.

“It still should be a pretty good turnout, a quality turnout as well.”

Mr Carter said Mount Gambier was chosen due to the high quality of its showgrounds and regional activities available.

“It will expose the breed and event to an area that would not normally get the opportunity,” he said.

“For our exhibitors and members that come there are a lot of tourist activities they can do in Mount Gambier.”

For more information visit the Australian Highland Cattle Society’s website.