Coulton's Country: smiles at Beef

What I enjoyed most was that there was plenty of laughter and jovial jokes

WHAT a week! Beef Australia 2015 is done and dusted for another three years and has left those who attended with plenty of memories.

Records show 90,000 people walked through the gates with stud producers, industry representatives, visitors and international guests coming from all over Australia and the world.

Beef 2015 was my second time covering a Beef Expo. I had a better understanding this year and thought I knew what to expect, yet it still pushed me to the very edge of exhaustion. From the moment I arrived I knew I was in for one hell of a busy week, but as long as I paced myself and worked as part of a team we would get through it and it would be a success. I am thankful to many team mates and friends who supported me during this experience.

Philippa Galloway, Ascot Neimen Brafords, Banana, with her 16-month-old son, Spencer. Click on the images throughout this article to see the gallery.

With this year’s Beef Australia what I enjoyed most was that there was plenty of laughter and jovial jokes lighting up the Rockhampton Showgrounds. People were greeting each other with either a handshake or a hug, and often there were shrieks of delight or enthusiastic back slaps as people caught up with each other. Stories were told and people reminisced about the Beefs gone by.

Emma Hatton, Delubra, Mundubbera, with her 11-month-old daughter Mathilda, Brodie Hatton, Old Rawbelle, Monto, and Chloe Hatton, Flagstone, Wandoan.

This year the weather took us to another extreme with Tuesday and Wednesday being the hottest days. People and cattle alike felt the heat and there were a few times where I was photographing cattle and we were concerned about how long it was taking. I will give credit to the people involved who put their animals first and all the other bits, including photographs came second. I for one couldn’t keep the water up and at the end of the day it took some effort to cool down. Thankfully by Thursday it had cooled considerably and the grand parade drew an awesome crowd. Make sure you check out next week’s blog for some of those pics.

Handler Les Lee, Leegra Fitting Service, Silverleaf, with Arkay Jasper.

While a large majority of my Beef Week was spent in the main arena photographing the champion and grand champion exhibits, I managed to snap a few happy shots and would love to share them with you and pay tribute to everyone involved in this beast known as Beef Australia 2015.

It is one of the largest events the QCL team cover and a lot of time and effort goes into producing a product that represents this wonderful and memorable occasion. So if you stay tuned to Coulton’s Country my next blog will be taking you behind the scenes and catching a glimpse of the talented mob I work with. I hope you enjoy these photos and please feel free to share the link on social media.

Until next time,

Happy snapping.

Sarah Coulton

Sarah Coulton

is a photographer for Queensland Country Life
Twitter: @QCLSarah_C
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