Creative cows to promote ag

ON THE MOVE: Margaret Burgess, Jamie-Lee Minchin and Sonia Ball with a freshly decorated cow.
ON THE MOVE: Margaret Burgess, Jamie-Lee Minchin and Sonia Ball with a freshly decorated cow. Tony Martin

THESE cows will be on the move, and they are poised to brighten up the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region.

In preparation for Canegrowers Mackay's second annual agricultural exhibition Community Bank®AG.Trade.Life 2014, they have launched a colourful art exhibition and they are calling on residents to get involved.

These business cows will be featured in a 'cow paddock' being constructed by our great supporters at Landmark Mackay.

Canegrowers Mackay communications manager and Ag show co-ordinator Sonia Ball said the cows would be a popular and colourful exhibition at the event at the Mackay Showgrounds on May 23 and 24.

"This is a non-profit initiative aimed at drawing attention to the significance of agriculture across these regions, and also to raise awareness of the importance of primary industries, our producers and growers as well as our future," Ms Ball said.

"We've just started and already everyone we've talked to is excited and keen to get their cows.

"We've got a feeling that this novel and colourful project is going to be a hit with all ages and businesses."

Ms Ball said the cow project was a two-pronged initiative.

"One part, the Central Signs Cow Art Competition, is an open competition with prizes for children and adults.

"You simply pay a small entry fee ($10 children and youth classes and $12 adults), fill out the entry form, take your cow home and decorate or paint it and then return it to the place you got it from before the deadline for judging and exhibiting at Community Bank®AG. Trade.Life 2014."

This competition - themed Agriculture - is being co-ordinated by art-savvy group Out of the Box Shop at the Upstairs Gallery at Paxton's in River St under the guidance of Margaret Burgess.

The second part is the Central Signs Supporters of Agriculture | Business Cows, which is an opportunity for all businesses (whether agriculturally aligned or not) to show their support for the agricultural sectors across the three regions by purchasing a "cow" for $65 (plus GST), having it "branded" with their business names/ logos or messaging and then returning it to the place of purchase.

"These business cows will be featured in a 'cow paddock' being constructed for us by our great supporters at Landmark Mackay," Ms Ball said.

"The cows will be on show for the two-day agricultural event under the banner Central Signs Supporters of Agriculture.

"This is a very affordable and straightforward way for businesses to take a front seat at our show and express their support for agriculture in a completely different, and quite cute and creative way."

She said support for the idea had been "quite staggering" with Central Signs' Paul and Jamie-Lee Minchin signing on as the major sponsor, along with Out of the Box Shop and Landmark.

Mackay Regional Council, Isaac Regional Council and Whitsunday Regional Council are also supporting the initiative.

"Canegrowers Mackay is very excited and we're sure we're going to be seeing some razzle-dazzle cows on display," she said.

Ms Ball said all proceeds from the sale of "business cows" would cover costs with any excess proceeds going to QCWA's Public Rural Crisis Fund and the volunteer art group.

Cow art

COWS are available at the following locations:

  •  Proserpine: Hoof and Horn Saddlery and Produce, Bruce Hwy
  •  Moranbah: Allmyne Consulting and Training Services, Griffin St
  •  Clermont: Commercial Hotel, 80 Capella St
  •  Mackay: Central Signs, Victoria St (major sponsor)
  •  Mackay: Out of the Box Shop, Upstairs Gallery, Paxton's on River St
  •  Mackay: CANEGROWERS Mackay, 120 Wood St

Topics:  canegrowers farming mackay