Meet our farmers

Ekka brings the country to the city.

The 142nd Ekka presents many opportunities to meet Queensland’s primary producers.

RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said this year’s program will bring the country to the city to celebrate agriculture and its importance to the community.

“Our farmers are the backbone of our nation and we want to draw attention to the many challenges they are facing, as well as provide opportunities for them to engage with others in the broader Queensland community and enjoy some much-needed respite.” Mr Christou said.

“The Ekka showcases the extraordinary resilience of our farmers and rural communities, and also recognises and rewards our exhibitors who, year in year out, produce the best of the best despite the crippling impacts of drought and flood.”

Here are some of the many opportunities to chat to a Queensland farmer at this year’s Ekka.

Dairy farmers

Visit the Norco Milking Barn to meet dairy farmers, including a husband and wife team who own pure bred jersey cows and are passionate about the dairy industry. 

Watch the experts at work before trying your hand at milking a cow.

You’ll also find out how to separate milk into cream and skim milk using traditional techniques, as well as what’s involved in making butter.

Sheep shearers

Meet a professional sheep shearer and roustabout from The Gums, in Queensland’s Western Downs, at the Norco Shed. 

The Shearers will demonstrate how to shear a sheep using traditional and modern hand-shearing techniques and provide insight into Australia’s wool industry.

Growers

Get to know the farmers that supply Woolworths’ fresh produce at the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion cooking demonstrations.

The farmers will include Mulgowie (beans), JETipper Tropical Fruit Direct, Nutrano (mandarins), Mackays (bananas), Moffat Carrots, Pinata Farms (berries), Perfection Fresh (broccolini), Inghams (chicken and turkey), Montague (apples).

Produce artists

Meet 12 farmers from the Moreton District Produce display at the Agricultural Hall.

Their larger-than-life produce display is a living artwork comprised of fruit, vegetables, grasses, grains and sugarcane and take weeks to put together.

Every piece of produce used in the artwork had to pass muster with the Ekka judges, meaning only the best of the best is on display.

Animals

Meet some of the hundreds of families who own prize-winning animals at the Arrow Energy Pavilion. 

Surround yourself with chickens, goats, cattle and alpacas to find out about their lives on the farm, kids can even cradle a baby chick.

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RACQ members can save on Ekka tickets.