The Royal Queensland Show will have a distinctly international flavour this year, thanks to it coinciding with the eighth Santa Gertrudis World Congress.
Breeders and Santa Gertrudis enthusiasts from across the globe travel to Australia for the event, which runs from Wednesday, August 8, until Saturday, August 18, and takes in the Santa judging at the Ekka.
Such is the support for the world congress that entries in the Santa section of the RNA for stud cattle judging are the largest since the early 1990s.
Queensland Country Life chief photographer Rodney Green shot our cover at one of Australia's oldest Santa Gertudis studs, Yulgilbar Stud, at the 14,000ha Yulgilbar Station, Baryulgil, NSW, owned by Sarah and Baillieu Myer.
The congress will visit the property on August 6, just before the Royal Queensland Show officially kicks off.
Yulgilbar manager Rob Sinnamon is looking forward to the Ekka and congress.
"It's always good to get together and share points of view on genetics and breeding and directions we're all going, and find out what other countries are up to," Mr Sinnamon said.
Congress attendees will have an option to attend the whole congress or take part in one of the tours.
Tours will visit various breeders who will be able to share the history of their herds, and how they have been able to optimise these cattle using the innovative technology available to them and the various markets on which producers focus.
Details of this technology will be shared through presentations from leaders in their fields.
Organisers say the most important aspect of a world congress is bringing together breeders from around the world to one place and providing them with opportunities to share information and enjoy each other's company.
Beyond the Ekka, the congress tour will take in Longreach, Blackall, Roma, Taroom, Eidsvold, Mundubbera, Toowoomba, the Stockman's Hall Of Fame, Cumberland Stud, Forest Park Stud, Strathmore Stud, Swan Hill Stud, Roma Saleyards, Yarrawonga Waco Studs, Dangarfield Stud, Gyranda Stud, Eidsvold Station and Greenup Studs, Rosevale Stud, Kurrawong Feedlot, Glenn Oaks and Headingly Sale Complex, and the UQ Gatton Vet Centre.
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