BUCK OFF, THAT’S BULL!

RODEO DROUGHT RU­MOURS SLAMMED

Warwick Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - MAR­IAN FAA Mar­ian.Faa@war­wick­dai­lynews.com.au

RU­MOURS the War­wick Rodeo might bite the dust in 2018 have been la­belled “bullsh--t” by or­gan­is­ers, who say drought will not stop the fa­mous event in its tracks.

Rodeo chair­man Peel Tribe said there was no ques­tion the event would go ahead, with more than 4000 head of cat­tle se­cured for the rodeo and cam­p­draft in Oc­to­ber.

Mr Tribe said drought was not a threat be­cause con­tracted rodeo bulls were al­ready on feed.

Gill Bros Rodeo and McPhee Rodeo Com­pany are the ma­jor sup­pli­ers for the rodeo.

Cam­p­draft chair­man Ge­off Grant was also keen to put ru­mours to rest.

“The drought is a ter­ri­ble things but it cer­tainly won’t af­fect the cam­p­draft,” Mr Grant said.

Less than eight weeks out from the rodeo week­end, Mr Grant said things were look­ing pos­i­tive with some new big­time cat­tle sup­pli­ers com­ing on board.

“We haven’t even looked at a con­tin­gency plan be­cause we don't need one, we don’t sort of see any rea­son for a con­tin­gency plan,” Mr Grant said.

Most of the cam­p­draft cat­tle will be com­ing off the pad­dock, but Mr Grant said the War­wick Show and Rodeo So­ci­ety would be able to source cat­tle from feed­lots if the sit­u­a­tion re­quired.

He said the fact that new sup­pli­ers were get­ting in­volved was a sign of the rodeo’s grow­ing pres­tige.

“The com­mit­tee has gone to a big ef­fort to im­prove the an­i­mal wel­fare, (the an­i­mals) are fed up to the eye­balls,” he said.

Photo: Mike Kenyon

SHOW MUST GO ON: Not every bull ride ends a good way. Mike Kenyon cap­tured the bull­fighter/pro­tec­tion clowns tak­ing a bull away from a fallen rider at War­wick Rodeo 2016.

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