The Led Steer Competition will run in a modified format in 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This year the competition will feature all Hook classes with double the prize money on offer - a total of more than $13,000 up for grabs. It follows the cancellation of the 2020 Ekka, due to COVID-19 social distancing measures and public gathering restrictions.
Judging will be carried out by qualified Aus-Meat chiller assessors on Wednesday 5 August, following transportation of the cattle to Nolan Meats at Gympie the day prior.
Reserve Champions and Champions will also have their carcasses auctioned to the highest bidder via a live stream.
The cattle will be delivered to four nominated saleyards on Monday 3 August for transportation to Nolan Meats. The saleyards are Glen Innes (NSW), Murgon (QLD), Toowoomba (QLD) and Silverdale (QLD).
First Judged in 1979, the Ekka led steer and heifer competition has been rated arguably the best of its kind in Australia. Classes cover both live and carcass categories, a schools competition, and an interbreed competition for teams of three led steers.
The led steer school competitions showcase the next generation of cattle exhibitors and show the judges why the cattle industry is in safe hands.