Stanley unveils new look for show

AT the third time of asking, the Circular Head Show will this weekend hold their 112th Annual Agricultural Show when their triumphant return will see old faces welcomed back to new facilities for competitors, patrons and livestock alike.

It was 2019 when the Circular Head Show last ran a full-scale event and while a Covid-enforced break saw a halt to normal proceedings, work had already begun on re-vamping the facilities for a triumphant return.

Returning to the site after an absence of almost three years will reveal the new stud beef shed as well as the facelift for the dairy and nursery sheds, something to go alongside the site’s new stockyard that were built in 2018.

“There has been hundreds and hundreds of hours put into the site ahead of this year’s show,” said Secretary of the Circular Head Agricultural Society Sue Smedley.

“Obviously there’s the quite new stock yards and display areas, but we’ve now basically completely refurbished the beef sheds which have only recently been completed.”

These improvements are well placed to host the beef and dairy cattle judging and parading, a staple of the region and it’s show.

The Trade and Export cattle competition has been running in its hoof and hook format since 1983, with more than 50 competitors each year.

The hoof portion of the event, which features classes for yearling steer/heifer groups for local trade and prime beef groups for export trade, will be judged on the day of the show, while the hook judging will be taking place on January 3.

Also on show across the day will be judging of dairy and stud beef, as well as the state final of the Young Beef and Dairy Cattle Parader and the State Dairy Young Judge.

Providing feedback to handlers, rearers and judges will be Victorian Sean Kallady, his 40 years’ experience seeing him judge at royal shows in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland and Launceston, as well at county shows in the USA.

“It is always an honour to be asked to judge at any show, but to be asked by the breeders to appraise their cattle is a definite privilege,” Mr Kallady said.

“I always enjoy talking to breeders throughout the country and see what they are doing with their breeding programs, but also the markets that they see will be the benchmark for their operations.”

The show will also feature unique events like ‘Graze the Region’, where local butcher Josh Perry will showcase local and Tasmanian products and the Saputo Country Show Girl and Boy competitions as well as show staples like woodchopping, Clydesdale and Bullock displays and plenty of food.

The show will be held at the Stanley Recreation Ground on Saturday, November 26th.