A SEMI loaded with a few tonne of feed, $150 a day grocery bill and 5am starts.
Doesn't sound like a regular trip to the Brisbane Ekka but the Ferguson family wouldn't have it any other way.
The Clifton locals carted over 100 head of cattle to the Ekka this week including bulls and calves in hope of taking home a swag of blue ribbons.
Santa Central owners Scott and Wendy Ferguson took 25 staff with them along for the ride.
"It's a really big effort getting so many cattle ready," Mrs Ferguson said.
"All the kids have taken the week off to come to Ekka.
"They worked hard through the school holidays to get the cattle ready so it's a huge reward for them."
Mrs Ferguson said there's always so much excitement around Ekka.
"It's just an amazing experience," she said.
"The smell of the cattle in the sheds… the nostalgia of going.
"It's great seeing country people in the city."
Mrs Ferguson said in total they had 50 santa gertrudis bulls to show across three different categories.
"They all have to be washed and prepared, it's a huge job," she said.
"But we do it because we're passionate about it."
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